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.
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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