Meniscus Knee Adventures

ttbrowne

Hall of Fame
Hurt my knee about 5 months ago. Quit playing immediately. Haven't been on court since.
Diagnosis after MRI: Slight tear in Meniscus and strain of ACL.
Treatment recommended: Physical Therapy.
Had injection of cortisone 3 months ago. Pain went away but I carried 13 boxes of files up to attic and pain (slight) came back.

First PT yesterday: Involved knee lifts while lying on a table. Worked with rubber bands. On treadmill walking forwards, sideways, backwards. Ultrasound.

Anyone have similar treatment?
 

chollyred

Rookie
I've been in therapy several times. Usually it was lifting weights to build up the muscles supporting the knee. The last time was doing body weight squats for the quadricepts and resistance bands for lateral exercises (hip abductors/adductors). The stronger muscles also tighten up the tendons and ligaments supporting the knee.

After a couple of weeks of strength exercises and bicycling, they had me jumping from square to square around what looked like a big plus sign on the floor. Not really sure what that was supposed to accomplish.

Lots of ice and ultrasound after therapy.

12/2 I was moving laterally across the court and caught the edge of my shoe in a crack and felt something give. I figured I'd just strained something again. It felt better so I played again the 5th. After that I could hardly walk. I figured I'd strained it pretty bad and have stayed off the court since then. I'm still having problems with it and suspect I may have torn the meniscus and really stretched or partially torn the lateral cruciate ligament. My insurance changes next week, so I've been putting off going to see the doctor. I've started doing some light squats to work on the strength. If it's not better after the 1st of the year, I'll go see the orthopedist (again).
 

sphinx780

Hall of Fame
That sounds like the first round of PT for both of my meniscus surgeries minus the ultrasound. That wasn't part of the process back in the 90s as far as I'm aware.

Usually they start by toning and strengthening the muscle groups that will protect the area, then will move on to more aggressive strengthening once the core area is stabilized.
 

jaggy

Talk Tennis Guru
I hope Im wrong but I think you will end up needing it cleaned out, that was my situation anyway.
 
Whether a meniscus injury is one that can heal probably has nothing to do with PT; depends on whether the tear is in a vascular or non-vascular part of the meniscus. PT is routinely ordered now in part because many insurance companies won't approve surgery until they're satisfied you didn't benefit from PT.
 

ttbrowne

Hall of Fame
Whether a meniscus injury is one that can heal probably has nothing to do with PT; depends on whether the tear is in a vascular or non-vascular part of the meniscus. PT is routinely ordered now in part because many insurance companies won't approve surgery until they're satisfied you didn't benefit from PT.
Well this is what I'm beginning to think after doing PT for a couple of weeks. The first PTist I had was really encouraging. Then I got a new one and he admitted that this is probably not going to work. I was really shocked.
 
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