Torn Meniscus in Knee

G3CWI

Veteran
Location
Macclesfield
I was cycling in the Peak last week and my knee went pop. Sharp pain that quickly subsided although the knee has continued to feel very odd. I had to cycle back up steep hills to get home and managed with no real problems. Knee has since played up - locking occasionally and feeling odd with occasional sharp pain. I have continued to cycle but for obvious reasons I have not gone far (10 miles max).

Booked in to see the doctor next week. Internet research has left me a bit confused. It looks like conservative treatment with exercises might be worth a try. Before I see the doctor I would welcome the cycling perspective. I'm nearly 56 in case that matters - eeek that sounds ancient.
 

midlife

Guru
Knees are tricky things, I'd make moves to see an orthopod who is a specialist in said joint.

Hope it gets sorted.

Shaun
 

vickster

Legendary Member
+1 for referral to a specialist to get an MRI and see a physio

Knees are buggers when they play up

I tore my lateral in left knee, locked solid for 5 months, got worse, needed surgery. Got a couple more tears in left knee but don't give me any bother. Just had part of lateral meniscus removed from right along with some other stuff

At 56, the tissue is usually quite poor, easy to tear (starts degenerating from 30, so your knee is ancient even if the rest of you is middle aged :biggrin:)

Good luck :smile:
 

Pat "5mph"

A kilogrammicaly challenged woman
Moderator
Location
Glasgow
I've got a torn lateral meniscus, happened through wear and tear about 8 years ago.
Surgery was not recommended. Could barely walk for about a year, then the pain subsided. Was not cycling then: since I started, 3 years ago, not a peep from my dodgy knee, cycling must be good for it.
 

Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
Could be all sorts of things. I had an injury initially diagnosed as meniscus tear but turned out to be cartilage damage. Good luck with the medics.
 
Wait for a diagnosis and stay off it. Meniscus should be a straightforward diagnosis but my sharp knee pain was patella not meniscus.
 
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G3CWI

G3CWI

Veteran
Location
Macclesfield
Being a bloke, the idea of resting anything did not appeal. So today I did a reasonably paced 60 km with no problems whatever. No swelling, no sharp pains, no aching. All very strange. It was quite flat compared to the ride when the problem occurred though.

Doctor's appointment tomorrow.
 

Cuchilo

Prize winning member X2
Location
London
Just ignore it and get drunk if it hurts .
 
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G3CWI

G3CWI

Veteran
Location
Macclesfield
Doctor said very minor tear - did not swell up so no bleeding. Okay to cycle but avoid too much hilly stuff for a while. Said running and MTB to be avoided. That's easy.

Said he could refer me to orthopedic surgeon but they tended to favour surgery over a wait-and-see approach.

I will live to fight (ride) another day it seems.

...he seemed very pro cycling.
 

vickster

Legendary Member
Assuming nhs, you'll wait a while to see a surgeon and then quite a lot longer for elective keyhole surgery. It likely won't heal but leave alone if doesn't get worse or lock up permanently
 
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