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    Evidently I've been mistreating my knee for a while, and it decided to rebel on me. I was just diagnosed with a torn meniscus, missing cartilage and bone loss with the possibility of leading to a stress fracture if I am not careful. I'm going to get a lovely brace to keep the weight off my outer side of my knee (it's that or crutches) and have strict orders to bike with no resistance or swim only for exercise. As I like my knee and my standard activity level (which is fairly high), I plan to follow the doc's orders.

    Has anyone had this and what did you do to stay is relatively good shape?
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    i tore my meniscus about a year ago, but had to have surgery. i was actually told that biking and walking were good exercises...but maybe that's just post-surgery. does your doctor think the tear will heal on its own? those instructions are fine in the short term, but i wouldn't want to keep living with restrictions like that. if it won't heal, you may want to look at getting it fixed, which may include a second opinion. i went from unable to walk before a 10-minute surgery to running up mountains two months later. if you have good insurance, consider getting it looked at further. in the mean time, check in with a physical therapist and gobble up some bone broth.

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    My doc told me that if it were just the tear, he would recommend surgery to clean it up, but as it's cartilage and bone issues, he's going to recommend this to see if it helps first. He wants to make sure that my bone is building back up. After 4 weeks, we'll revisit how this is healing. I actually have a good friend who is an MRI specialist who saw the report and my MRI and said that he thought the approach was a good one. He thinks there are too many issues right now to be able to go in and clean it out properly without risk of damaging something else. I wear the brace for four weeks, then go back to see how it's doing. So, even if it's not healing, there is a back up plan.

    Good idea on the bone broth. I will be picking up some good grass fed bones and cooking them up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andtckrtoo View Post
    My doc told me that if it were just the tear, he would recommend surgery to clean it up, but as it's cartilage and bone issues, he's going to recommend this to see if it helps first. He wants to make sure that my bone is building back up. After 4 weeks, we'll revisit how this is healing. I actually have a good friend who is an MRI specialist who saw the report and my MRI and said that he thought the approach was a good one. He thinks there are too many issues right now to be able to go in and clean it out properly without risk of damaging something else. I wear the brace for four weeks, then go back to see how it's doing. So, even if it's not healing, there is a back up plan.

    Good idea on the bone broth. I will be picking up some good grass fed bones and cooking them up.
    Sorry to hear about this. SUCKS!!

    I had major knee and ankle surgery about 10 months ago (and had a stress fracture in knee the year before).

    First, swimming is AWESOME but don't do breast stroke = too much twisting/turning for knee. Is hard on knees. Crawl and backstroke are best. You can also do water exercises if you are careful about what you do. I actually worked to swim by just pulling with arms then doing a couple of laps with kickboard, etc. Made it more interesting and worked the body a bit differently.

    Recumbent biking can be your friend - if nothing more than to move and alleviate boredom. If allowed, upright biking is good - but no hills, no resistance.

    I also became good friends with the weight machines at my gym. I could sit and still get a good workout. And yes, I went on crutches and I went in a cast. It depends what doc says you can do, but there are still a lot of machines you can use without affecting the knee.

    And finally, I did a lot of pilates - very carefully and with a very attentive and trusted trainer. the pilates were like magic because keeping the core strong helped a lot with crutches and limping about.

    Good luck!!! Sooooo sorry to hear.

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    No experience of such an injury, but why not just lift weights until it is fully healed? I.e. from sitting or lying down.

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