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Old 02-23-2024, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Dessert
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I injured my knee a month ago, finally got a diagnosis via MRI, torn meniscus.

I have an appointment with an orthopedist in March, what can I do to promote healing and prevent further injury until then?

My PCP just recommended RICE-- rest, ice, compression, and elevation. I've been doing that for three weeks, and see improvement, but it's still fragile.
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Old 02-23-2024, 09:37 PM
 
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You are already doing it
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Old 02-24-2024, 06:23 AM
 
Location: The Bubble, Florida
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You could get a cane to help support your weight when you walk. Just make sure not to rely on it fully - use it to assist your muscles, not to replace them.
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Old 02-24-2024, 11:22 AM
 
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You could get a cane to help support your weight when you walk. Just make sure not to rely on it fully - use it to assist your muscles, not to replace them.
Thanks, I do use a cane and sometimes a wheelchair for prolonged activity.
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Old 02-24-2024, 01:43 PM
 
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A brace might help too, though I think you should get a recommendation from professional because some braces might be better than others.
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Old 02-24-2024, 03:52 PM
 
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I injured my knee a month ago, finally got a diagnosis via MRI, torn meniscus.

I have an appointment with an orthopedist in March, what can I do to promote healing and prevent further injury until then?

My PCP just recommended RICE-- rest, ice, compression, and elevation. I've been doing that for three weeks, and see improvement, but it's still fragile.
BTDT with both knees several times over the years and treated it the same way you are. A very severe tear in just the right spot might call for a surgical repair, but minor tears heal on their own. My knees healed but they remained pretty fragile for much longer than I expected. I continued to wrap the injured knee when doing something more strenuous quite a long time afterward to stabilize/protect it.

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Old 02-25-2024, 10:48 AM
 
Location: clown world
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might consider connective tissue supplements/foods --- bone broths, collagen, msm, glucosamine, etc..
too, it's said that vitamin c is critical to c-tissue repair/health
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Old 02-25-2024, 12:10 PM
 
Location: A coal patch in Pennsyltucky
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I injured my knee a month ago, finally got a diagnosis via MRI, torn meniscus.

I have an appointment with an orthopedist in March, what can I do to promote healing and prevent further injury until then?

My PCP just recommended RICE-- rest, ice, compression, and elevation. I've been doing that for three weeks, and see improvement, but it's still fragile.
I'm guessing you're older since you mentioned you use a cane and sometimes a wheelchair. It is highly unlikely they can do an actual repair to your meniscus. I had a partial meniscectomy on my right knee. I recently had an MRI on my left knee and was diagnosed with a meniscus tear in that knee. A partial meniscectomy is not a repair although some people think it is. A meniscus repair is a more complex procedure and takes longer rehab. The success of a meniscus repair depends on the severity and location of the tear, and the age of the patient. I had the meniscectomy done around 10 years ago when I was in my late 50s. The meniscectomy did not help my knee and may have made it worse. I would only recommend this procedure if you are getting locking or buckling in your knee.

This is a good site to get the current status of meniscus procedures.

Arthroscopic Meniscectomy vs Meniscal Repair: Comparison of Clinical Outcomes
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Old 02-25-2024, 08:30 PM
 
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I read that meniscus "repair" usually involves cutting off the torn bit of the meniscus.
Reportedly, that puts one at greater risk of a knee replacement in a decade or so.
You're better off letting it heal on its own.


And yes, I'm older, but I'm also taking antibiotics, which I read can increase the likelihood of meniscus tears.
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Old 02-25-2024, 08:49 PM
 
Location: A coal patch in Pennsyltucky
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I read that meniscus "repair" usually involves cutting off the torn bit of the meniscus.
Reportedly, that puts one at greater risk of a knee replacement in a decade or so.
You're better off letting it heal on its own.

And yes, I'm older, but I'm also taking antibiotics, which I read can increase the likelihood of meniscus tears.
Meniscus repair involves suturing the meniscus to get it to grow back together. It might not work because there is not enough blood flow in some areas of the meniscus.

Trimming of the meniscus is not a repair, bur a meniscectomy. That is the procedure I had.
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