Re: Frayed Cartilage


I had arthroscopic knee surgery two weeks ago. The Dr. thought I had a torn meniscus but it ended up being some frayed cartilage which he trimmed off and said to take it easy for a few days. He also said that there could be some osteo-arthritis. Well, I took it easy for a few days and was slowly feeling better so I started doing some more activity. And I think I was on my feet more and I had gone off ibuprofen. Well, all of a sudden I had so much aching in my knee and some swelling. I called back the nurse and she said I should continue to take ibuprofen for the pain as needed (...I thought I was doing so good and had weaned myself off of it...) and to keep icing it and putting it up about 3x a day. Ok, so I did good for the next few days and took care of myself more ...well, then I kept getting more active and did some house cleaning on Friday along with a lot of my daughter's help and did a little shoveling on Sunday. Well, now again yesterday (Sunday) and today I really felt an ache and could hardly walk. So tonight I put it up a bunch again and it is feeling better. But how long do I have to keep up with this routine? When I stretched it out before and put it up higher I could feel the hamstrings pulling. Is this my problem? Am I going to need physical therapy and am I just really feeling stiff in the muscles? I'm getting so frustrated with this. I thought the down time was just 2-3 days. When the nurse called the other day she said that my Dr. had had meniscus surgery last Dec. and he went back to work after only a week and he said that if he had to do it again he would have taken off two weeks. But I didn't even have a torn meniscus. The nurse said though that I still had the arthroscope digging around in there in the soft tissue and it takes a while to heal...

So, my question is ::: How long do you think I need to still keep babying my knee? What other things can I be doing to get better. We have steps in our house and I keep trying to walk them normally but slowly just to stretch out. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

Thank you,

Dawn Benjamin

Posted By Dawn Benjamin on February 21, 2005 at 22:24:54:

In Reply to: Re: Knee meniscus tear posted by Jack on May 03, 2004 at 03:12:55:

Indications: knee strains or sprains, chondromalacia, Osgood Schlatter's Disease (adolescent knee syndrome), swelling and edema of the knee, ligament instability, knee instability, recurrent knee pain, arthritis, degenerative joint disease.

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