Can torn knee cartilage heal

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Can the meniscus heal on its own with out surgery. My husband had swelling and has a torn meniscus he took motrin and doesn't hurt much now at all unless he is on his feet too long..he is a active person after work he comes home and works around the house. It is not swollen anymore just hurts sometimes.. Should he have the surgery or can it just heal on its own with strengthing exercises and using a brace? If not how soon can he go back to work. His job requires lifting and walking.
I have bad arthritis in my knee. My ortho doc (after MRI) says I tore the meniscus but he thinks arthroscopy is a waste of my time and money since I have such thin cartilage. He took all the fluid out and injected me with cortisone earlier today. The pain is unbearable and the swelling is coming back already. Has anyone had torn meniscus with advanced arthritis and had sucess with arthroscopy. He says I am not ready yet for knee replacement.
Do my symptoms seem to warrant surgical repair or is there some way I can get it to heal without surgery? I've tried a knee brace, no help, and NSAIDS just treat the pain. I've recently found something about "chondral injury" or "articular cartilage injury" and my symptoms seem more in line with this. Could that be possible as well? Thank you!
Likewise, needle trephination of the meniscal body (poking holes to create vascular channels) can be performed. Meniscus repair fixation techniques are numerous and variable. Fixation can be accomplished with outside-in, inside-out, or all-inside arthroscopic procedures. The outside-in and inside-out methods are usually performed with sutures and require additional incisions. Suture repair can be accomplished with vertical or horizontal stitches.
I have constant pain, and can not move knee certain directions are impossible. I never even iced my knee and it is still swollen. My regular dr. saw me last week and said based on my MRI report I definitly have some abnormalities and will see an orthopedic dr. and likely get arthoscopic evaluation. You told me previously you thouoght I needed ligament repair. My question is this: I dont know if my tear is complete or partial, but because it says.
I too am a cyclist and generally my 'first point of road contact' is the left knee, and a recent accident disclosed a torn cartilage and arthritis in the left knee (and some swelling behind the knee.....no pain, just swollen). One injection of Cartisone and 1 weekly injection of Hyaluronic Acid for 3 weeks brought some relief, but very little.
Then using one or more other small incisions, the surgeon places other instruments inside the knee to remove the torn cartilage. If you undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery for treatment of a meniscus (cartilage) tear you can usually return to normal activities quite quickly. Most ppl take a few days or a long weekend off work. If the meniscus is removed (partial meniscectomy) then there are usually few activity restrictions.
I also had torn cartilage on the Left knee and surgery on it to remove it. Because the cartilage was dangling down in the field of the arthroscope, they ended up opening the knee to remove it. The recovery time was a little longer but with the arthroscopy that has been done on both knees, it's a come and go procedure these days. Go in the morning, have the surgery, go home late afternoon and early evening and just rest and recover.
In the meantime, there may be a natural remedy for relief; it's helped my torn cartilage and arthritis in my left knee... no pain, no swelling... Here's my story: Castor Oil & Pain??? Call it what you wish, Voodoo, Witchcraft, ‘BS’, whatever….but it DID work for me. Having recently torn the cartilage in my left knee and simultaneously diagnosed ‘with a little arthritis’ in the same, and with swelling behind the knee.
I am a veteran when it comes to knee problems. Torn meniscus cartilage, 2 knee scopes (arthroscopic surgeries), and finally a total knee replacement. If your knee is swelling, especially in the morning after sleeping, it may be a torn meniscus cartilage. The older we get, the more brittle our cartilage becomes and the more prone it is to damage from impact, etc... I have had lots of injuries over the years but the knee had the worst pain of all.
The various causes of knee locking are torn medial meniscus, mis-aligned knee cap, osteoarthritis, knee arthritis, torn lateral meniscus, osteochondritis dissecans, recurrent patella dislocation - may cause knee locking or knee collapse, chondromalacia patella - occasional locking or knee collapse, knee alignment problem, knee fragment or knee cartilage disorder.
Is it true that nothing can be done, other than what my orthopedic surgeon told me - injections until I need a knee replacement? Is there nothing that can help them actually heal, or that can at least kill the pain? The cortisone injection I had when I received this dx (a wk ago Fri) did absolutely *nothing* for my knee - it hurts worse every day, & it's really got me worried & frightened. Any suggestions or input is welcomed.
Pain and swelling and clicking in right knee for more than a year. PT no help. In Feb 2012, twisted bad knee and tore menicus through and through.
The reason the arthroscopy was done is due to knee pain as a result of meniscus tear n torn cartilage. My doctor is not at our town. I have to fly in to another town to do the arthroscopy. I did call my doctor & was advise that this is normal after the incision. Well, I now can walk around but slow. My knees seem not able to support me even normal daily thing like going to toilet. I need some support in order to sit down or stand up. Just wonder if it is normal.
I had an x ray and MRI done that showed my patella was fraying, cartilage was torn, and I had a lot of fluid stored in my knee. I had arthiscopic surgery two Christmases ago and my surgeon found nothing wrong except for a bad case of tendonitis. I have undergone four rounds of rehab, RICE therapy, blood stimulation therapy, and many ultrasounds to no avail or relief to my knee.
The pain seems to be deep under my kneecap as well as above the knee, and to the inside of the knee. At this point I do not know if I need to seek an orthopedist or sports specialist and request a CT/MRI. Any advice will be appreciated, thank you.
I sustained an injury to my knee without any traumatic incident. At first, the GP thought I may have torn the medial meniscus (not fun - had that in my other knee). MRI Number 1 didn't reveal anything sinister, just swelling and a cyst in one the bones. Four weeks later, after physiotherapy, no sleep and non-stop pain, the GP sends me off for another MRI. MRI Number 2 reports a Grade II tear of the MCL, a cyst in my bone and bruising at the top of my tibia.
The neurosurgeon while examining my back, looked at my knee. He said it looked to him like a Torn Menisces? He reccoemended I see a Orthopedist so I have a appt comming up . I am wondering if anyone else has had this happen to them, from having a bad back, hip etc. The Dr. thought I had this happen because I was compensating for back pain and the way I walked caused the knee injury.
Although the pain doesn't show up when I poke or touch my knee, I can duplicate the pain when my knee is slightly bent and I press below the knee cap and rub to the painward side while still pressing. I almost thought it was a chipped bone at first, but now (because of the above) I think it is a collection of fluid and the pain is from the fluid trying to migrate to an area of muscle or tissue that doesn't want to separate. Some of you may be aware of how powerful hydraulic pressure can be.
They are made up of tough cartilage. They cushion the joint and distribute your body weight across the knee joint. If torn the meniscus kind of get caught as you move the knee. This can cause you knee to "give out." Obviously there are other injuries that can occur including strains and tears of your supporting ligaments such as your ACL.
I heard a loud pop, and had lot of pain. I need to find any information on bone brusing and knee twist so I can appeal their decision. The injury happend about 6 months ago, and was first diagnoised as a torn cartilage or meniscus. It was a month before the Doctor was able to order a MRI, which showed a bone bruse. After 3 months and no real improvement another MRI was done. This showed that the blood flow was not getting to the end of my bone, and the bone was dying off.
A little over 2 years ago I had knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus and a couple of other things. I had some minor complications post-op (excessive bleeding), but returned to fairly normal function with a couple of months. The only thing I was left with was this occasional urge to pop my knee. Every morning when I get out of bed, I have to crank my knee inwards to pop it. It's a very loud pop, but doesn't ever cause pain. If I don't do that it feels stiff and will drive me crazy.
With a meniscus tear (torn cartilage) in your knee, the shock absorbing capacity of the joint is threatened. Because of this, there is an increased risk of developing damage to the articular cartilage surface of the knee joint bones; this is commonly referred to as knee arthritis. Loss of the meniscus places more of a burden on the cartilage surfaces of the joint and are more likely to develop knee arthritis. So your ortho surgeon may have done an excellent job.
Can someone please give me some information on MCL (medial collateral ligament) damage... i did some damage to my left knee last saturday, physio says it MCL and cartilage damage. The only thing I had done to my knee was an x-ray. Do I not need an MRI or something to determine the damage?? This pain is not even funny anymore!!! Its on the inside of my leg and also out through my patella...
After surgery, the surgeon told me that everything that could be torn was torn in my knee. He never told me whether he repaired the meniscus or whether he removed it. Unfortunately, he is a doctor who doesn't like for his patients to ask questions. You commented that it was probably arthritis as it was better with steroids. It was only slightly better while I was taking the prednisone, as soon as I finished the dosage, it returned to the same painful, swollen condition.
I have never been diagnosed. I had a knee injury about 6 years ago and had a torn meniscus and had it repaired. At that time the surgeon said I had no cartilage but to not have surgery until I could not put it off. After several bad falls I went to another surgeon and he said I had to have both knees replaced. I did and when I went back for a follow up because one was hurting more then the other and very very crunchy sounding.
Thanks for letting me know I am not alone. My surgery went so well for the first ten days and I have been in agony since. I hope you insist on an Xray, MRI, and whatever tests are necessary. I have been asked "Did your doctor tell you that you might need a knee replacement if the "clean up" was not successful?" Funny, they don't tell you that. I'd rather have my knee back with the torn menesus than the way it is not. It was tolerable then. It is not tolerable now.
The retinaculum should heal itself and MCL too, as for the cartilage it typically does not heal on its own. But pain can be managed. Physical therapy is always worth a shot before surgery. Give it a try! They can help with pain managment and streghtening for sure!
2 neck,,started on the new IV drug 1x a yr reclast for osteoprosis,but the injuries from the car wreck ..bilateral knee(torn medial meniscus post terior horn and shredded cartiledge on left, and a stress fracture of the 5th metatorsel right foot, has caused me to be in daily pain and unable to weight bear thus cant walk and am wheelchair....frustrating in that the orthos are hesitant to arthroscpe..b/c of ms and it maynot help since my quad musles are sooooweak........ugh!!!!!!
I had a knee arthroscopic surgery yesterday to fix my torn meniscus and remove loose cartilage. Well, I am having the WOORSSTTT pain right now. I'm only 13 and the pain is unbearable. It feels like the WORST cramping EVER in my whole leg. I first was prescribed Tylenol #3 with coating and it didn't work at ALL. it actually made my pain worse. So after taking 2 pills (one every 4 hours) my mom called the surgeon and he changed me to Vicodin.
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