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Discussion: Torn meniscus

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Oct. 17, 2019
Danny G
1 posts
Torn meniscus
Can anyone give suggestions to me about torn meniscus I have a tear but the doctor gave me a cortisone shot because he said letís try this first but itís just masking the problem he said itís a bad tear and will have to scrape a lot out Iím worried that I wonít be able to run in the outfield no more is it possible to get it done and still run in the outfield without damaging my knee any more is there another procedure that anyone can recommend for my knee please let me know I would love to still run in the outfield for a lot of years to come
Oct. 17, 2019
Men's 65
155 posts
Something to consider.
Oct. 17, 2019
Men's 60
97 posts
Danny G,

I am no expert, but I did have a meniscus tear 14 years ago (I'm 62 now). I woke up one morning and couldn't put any weight on my right leg without sharp pain. An MRI showed a tear in the meniscus which was just wear & tear, because there was no incident of injury. Somehow the flap of cartilage folded over on itself, causing the pain.

I opted for surgery even though the flap straightened out and the pain went away. The thing about a tear (as it was explained to me) is it will continue to tear as time goes on. I had arthroscopic surgery in which they cut a little crescent in the disc of the meniscus to round out the tear point to keep it from tearing more. I was lucky because I still have most of the meniscus in that joint. i was running again in less than 3 weeks, and it hasn't bothered me since.

Your tear may very well be worse, and the story I just told may not pertain to you. i recommend getting a second opinion.
Oct. 17, 2019
393 posts


I have had two scope surgeries on the same knee getting more taken out each time. After the second one about 6 years ago the knee has never been even close to what it was before the first surgery. If I had to do it all over again I would have waited as long as possible to get the first one dealt with. Try everything possible before you get scoped.
Oct. 18, 2019
Men's 55
10 posts
Had my meniscus repaired about 2 months ago, and it helped but still not the same as before, they cleaned up some arthritis as well, healed up quick but still have knee pain. I'm 54 and 6' 215lbs and play outfield. I have found that wearing weightlifting style knee "sleeves" work very well to keep knee stable. Here are the ones I use "HVSKY Fitness Knee Sleeves for Weightlifting", and I go a a size smaller (medium size) than they suggested, they break in and feel perfect. They are rigid/thick material but you'll be able to run just fine in them.

I'll still play outfield, but they won't be able to give you 40 year old knees, its almost disappointing the results, but does feel better than JamesLG said, might be best to wait and try and workout and wear some knee sleeves, see how it goes.
Oct. 18, 2019
Men's 50
5 posts
Danny some hope for you. One of my best friends and teammates has had 5 knee surgeries including a couple meniscus tears. He is having another scope done soon. He will be 50 and stills plays center field(playing 5 man) on our Usssa team. So don't fret.
Oct. 18, 2019
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1329 posts
Danny G, I would be very careful. I was misdiagnosed three times in 15 years. Torn meniscus was one of those. My knee Dr is my hero. After years of pain and limitations, I went to him. It was none of the things that I had been told by other Drs. He believes in surgery as a last resort. It turns out mine was a severed ACL, and he said that I was too stubborn to give up walking when I was told the other three "minor" problems. He said that he could repair it any time, but it would be painful and require a lot of therapy, and I had been walking anyway. He taught me exercises and behaviors. I really did not do the exercises but did the behaviors. That was 12 years ago, and I can run and have no pain. I am not suggesting that your Dr is wrong, or your issue is the same as mine, but get second opinions before you allow anyone to do surgery.

Coachie was bone on bone in his knee and needed surgery. I sent him to my knee Dr. He said that he could do the surgery, but Coachie needed to do exercises to strenghten the muscles and also lose weight. He was not going to go for that. So he ended up with another knee Dr that I believe was competent. Unfortunately he had an undiagnosed condition that caused him to have a heart attack and die a few days after the surgery. Unfortunately my knee Dr was right again.

If you are near Indy, I would be glad to share my Dr's information. If not, just be very selective, and don't let them just cut into you if there are other alternatives. Good luck.
Oct. 18, 2019
1 posts
I had torn meniscus 14 years ago. Tried rest and PT, but as soon as I ran, knee swelled up. Only way to be sure it is meniscus is to confirm problem with an MRI. Surgeon scoped torn area and flap and also polished knee where there was some arthritis Definitely my best knee today. Still actively running in outfield. Took about 3 weeks to feel confident about running on it. Started running with knee pads. Most important thing is to get MRI to confirm problem.
Oct. 19, 2019
Nancy Allen
Men's 55
1329 posts
Crush, I disagree only because of my experience with my knee Dr. When I asked my regular Dr for a referral to the knee Dr that I wanted, he ordered a MRI. It yielded two pages of information. My knee Dr looked at it and laughed and said that his knee MRI would probably generate five pages. He said that he used X-rays for his evaluations. He X-rayed both my knees. He then showed me my issue, my severed ACL. My MRI had nothing listed about that. He was at least kind enough to take the MRI and put it in my file. So I had spent $100 co-pay and wasted time for the MRI that turned out to be useless.
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