this last spring my son injured his knee in baseball and had to have a part of his meniscus removed. He is now 100% on that knee. His other knee locked up during a football game and the doctor found that both meniscus' were tore in the other knee. He had to have his lateral meniscus completely removed and 3 darts were put in the other. My question is will he be able to play competitive sports in college with the lateral meniscus removed.
It is not common in this day and age to have a complete menisectomy but it is not recommended to play competitive athletics without either meniscus. It acts, in part, as a cushion for the joint and if the cushion is removed the joint will break down very quickly with high level athletics. As a sports physical therapist and certified athletic trainer, it is not, in my opinion, recommended for your son to continue high impact activities.
Post by Becky Bolt, MS on Nov 23, 2010 14:15:57 GMT -6
You need to keep high impact activities to a minimum in order to help facilitate healing/reduce the risk of further injury. Swimming would be good. You can even do underwater jogging--it's a heck of a work out, that's for sure. You should check with your doctor about biking and lower body weightlifting, though, because depending on where the tear is, some of the repetitive range of motion associated with those activities might aggravate it.
Post by Destin Hill, MD on Nov 29, 2010 17:29:58 GMT -6
For the next 2-3 weeks, I'd recommend swimming, biking, and light gym workouts. Gradually working back into running (using pain as your guide) is fine over the next 3-6 weeks. Deep knee bending (squats, lunges, knee extension machine at the gym) are not recommended with a meniscus tear, as these place a significant amount of stress on the knee and can cause knee pain. As a general rule, use pain as your guide.
Hi. I am a 50 year old training for my 2nd marathon in Nov./11. I have had surgury on both knees for torn meniscus in Feb/10 & Nov./10. I had post op physio on both knees with laser etc. Just got back into running 3 weeks ago ( 5 kms 2-3x per week). Aside from getting my wind back-notice that the knees will twinge-not to painful to stop running but takes the enjoyment out of it and concerns me that I won't be able to do the longer runs starting in July. Any advise?
Post by Stephanie Ridgway on May 31, 2011 18:00:21 GMT -6
I would suggest gradually building up your weekly mileage. You can safely increase mileage by about 10% each week. Use pain as your guide as you increase your mileage, and back off a little bit if your knees start to bother you while you run. You should be able to start doing long runs in July because you'll have a month to build up your mileage. If you have pain in your knees after running, make sure you ice them.