Meniscal Tear on the knees-does it heal by itself ?

India
January 8, 2007 9:48am CST
I am in my early 20s.And i am not an athletic person.But 7 months ago i sustained an injury on both the knees.On taking MIR scan it was found that i have meniscal tear on both the knees.And since I am young my doctor told that in my age meniscal injuries ought to heal by itself if given enough rest.My whole life has got paralysed now-i cant climb stairs,cant walk long,cant even stand for long.I am trying hard to make it heal on its on.But if the problem persists I will have to undergo surgery,which is not a wise choice(my doctor says)as it can lead to worser complications later in life(because I am only 21). What should I do?
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@jithinsb (520)
• India
8 Jan 07
YES!!!it will defenetly heal..What you have to do is to give rest to your legs.Rest, ice, compression, elevation, and physical therapy are the treatement techniques for meniscal tear.Small tears located at the outer edge of the meniscus often heal with rest and a rehabilitation program that your doctro prescribes you..So the only thing you have to do is take rest until you fell that you are totally recovered.I know that it would be so hard to take rest for weeks,but still if you want yourself to be fit and fine its better for you to take some pain.Accidents never happen intentionally,and everybody will be going through many hardships..the only thing is that you shouldnt lose your confidence which only can lead you to recoveries..SO ALL THE BEST FOR YOU DEAR..ill pray to GOD for your recovery...
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• India
9 Jan 07
Thank you so much for your encouragement.You are my well-wisher,I am sure
@Razzles (391)
• United States
9 Jan 07
I am 50 years old and sustained a knee injury as well. On taking an MIR scan, it showed that I have a meniscal tear and also a previous injury of a torn cartilage. Some arthritis had already set in. Years ago, I injured my knee and they did not do MRI'S at the time. The doctor currently recommended surgery- artherioscopy- but I am kind of afraid to undergo surgery. I did go for 3 weeks of physical therapy, twice a week, but it didnt help. I am thinking of going for a second opinion. I just don't wont things to get worse. I was never informed that a meniscal injury can heal by itself. Maybe, since I am older, it won't heal by itself. If I were you, I would get two more opinions.
• India
9 Jan 07
Thank You for responding.I too am going for physiotherapy.Infact,I just got back from today's physiotherapy session and this is my 9th day.My doctor told me that meniscal injuries dont heal on its own once we reach middle age.The younger you are, the better the chance to heal. I feel I am able to understand your situation because I am facing the same problem.Its true ,being able to face a surgery without tension is almost impossible.All the Best! Take Care!!Dont worry, You will be alright.I will be praying to God for you.BE BRAVE.
• India
9 Jan 07
Pray to god.......... U WILL BE HEALED!!
• India
9 Jan 07
Wow!! what a wonderful reply..You could be right.Afterall,its His will that our Fate.
• China
9 Jan 07
Anyway ,I hope you should listen to the doctor `s suggestion g. Giving yourself enough rest .If the problem persist ,please take a surgery .Please take it easy .
• India
9 Jan 07
I am trying hard to take it easy,but the truth is it does leaves me frustated at times..Thanx for the response, Peter.
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
9 Jan 07
Guess it depends on where the tears are and how severe they are. Generally cartilage won't heal becuase it doesn't have much of a blood flow, but the other comments here lead me to believe that some areas of the meniscus have better blood flow. You can check out a reputable medical Web site such as webmd.com or mayoclinic.com to see what they have to say. Good luck, and keep us posted.
• India
9 Jan 07
Than you for your response.
• Philippines
9 Jan 07
What is the extent of the damage? Was there a complete or partial tear? Meniscal Injury, I might say is more common in athletes (e.g.basketball players), though as you say your not athletic. WHat was the mechanism of injury or how did you obtain that injury. Most common cause is jumping and upon landing, you twist to the right or left. But it has been 7 months now and you can't climb stairs? I guess you have sustained more damage on the meniscus and probably involves more structures. You can have physical therapy sessions as they will teach you proper way to exercise the knee joint once it has been cleared by the doctor. Ice application will also help ease the pain, analgesics. This is just a suggestion, buddy. The best thing is still talk to your healthcare provider regarding your knees.
• India
9 Jan 07
I have Grade2 tear-which means i have a partial tear.Its 7 months since I am suffering from this, but only 2 weeks since I got an MRI scan and finally discoverd the fact that it was a knee tear that has been bugging me for so long.It was 7 months ago(I was a hosteller then) that I got the first symptoms-a little swelling and discomfort,but there was absolutely no pain.I just went for some Ayurvedic Therapy(its a form of treatment followed in my country)and I was fine for around 3 months, atfer which the problem returned.It was Ayurveda again, and I was ok for weeks.But, when the problem came back the 3rd time I consulted an Allopathic doctor(ur kind of doc,I can say).He then asked me to take this MRI scan.
• Egypt
9 Jan 07
The injury always is a disaster specially in the youth because the youth marked by the energy and motivation.I think you should ask another doctor because I didn't hear about the reason why you can't make a surgery because you are only 21 years!!the Meniscal Tear is a common injury for the football players and they are also young. I think you better ask another doctor speciallized in these injuries. Get well soon
• India
9 Jan 07
I too want to get well soon :)Thank you for your response
@noopster (17)
9 Jan 07
i wud say that given ur age n the proper rest the knee shud heal pretty well!!! but it does take a lot of time n patience to heal!!! i wud also suggest that u wear knee brace to help fasten the healin process of ur meniscus!!! besidez with regular physiotherapy u will b able to overcum ur disabilty!!!but i wud alwayz say that there shud b no problem for u to get back into a near normal life as loong as ur sure not to try funny sportz that requre a lot if contact or strin on the kneez!!! but surgery is an option but like every procedure has riskz involved but has itz gud resultz tooo!!! but i wud say given ur age if u were to b on knee bracez with regular physiotherapy u will b able to get back on ur feet as gus as u were!!! all the vvery best n god bless all it requirez is a bit of patience n will!!! cheerz
• India
9 Jan 07
Thank you so much for your encouraging words.Because,for me surgery is not an option at all.I have been recruited by an MNC,and has been offered my dream job.And if I undergo a surgery,i wont be able to join at the appointed date.Right now,I am doing my final semester studies.Well,I have to acknowledge the fact that i have been losing patience and getting frustrated with myself lately.And you have given me new hope.Thanks!!
@amish2222 (235)
• United States
9 Jan 07
Chinchu, I really feel sorry for your condition. I am no doc so cannot suggest anything on the healing front but getting a second opinion is always helpful. I wish you all the luck.
• India
9 Jan 07
Thank You!!
@MrNiceGuy (4147)
• United States
8 Jan 07
Generally, no. The meniscus is the cartilage pad between your femur and tibia in your knee. It is what is grinded with friction when you bend your knees and it cushions your lower leg from the thigh constantly falling downwards on it with stepping. Cartilage DOES NOT regrow very much at all. Since it isn't a blood rich tissue, its more of a bone/tendon type tissue, it does not heal very much at all after your skeletal growth is complete. Meniscal tears are often left untreated because with time the pain will go away and the torn cartilage can just be worn down by normal wear. I think this usually comes along with arthritis or knee problems in teh future. The surgery would be very simple most likely. They usually just go in with a tiny camera and clip the excess cartilage out of the way.
• India
9 Jan 07
Thank You for the response.Your reply was quite informative.
• United States
8 Jan 07
Have you had any type of support or bracing for your injury? If not, ask your doctor to prescribe some from of bracing. A knee sleeve will provide minimal support, a hinged knee brace maybe something that would be of help. Having worked in the business for 6 years, I found many doctors prescribing hinged knee braces for the condition that you are describing.
• India
9 Jan 07
No,my doctor hasnt prescribed a knee sleeve.He asked me to give maximum rest to the joints for the next 3 months, therby giving it time to heal on its own.So, I find it really hard to go on with my daily routine.
@Chikana (39)
• India
4 May 07
Chinchu, Can you send me the exact MRI report? Without knowing the exact condition, how one can answer you that you will be fine by your self? Do send it and wait for my reply. There are multiple things in the mri which should be taken in mind.
@inked4life (4227)
• United States
9 Jan 07
It depends on the extent of the tear. I had a minor tear a few months back and had to go to physical therapy for 2 weeks. It was re-evauluated after that and fortunately I was able to avoid surgery. If it's a major tear, and I can't believe hoe painful that must be, then I'm almosr certain surgery will be required. Just do what the doctor says, I know it's frustrating not being able to get around, but just staying off your feet will really help
• Philippines
9 Jan 07
healing depends on the extent the injury was. partial tear can heal by rehabilitation/physical therapy. total meniscal tear may require surgery. go to physiatrist and have your knees checked. take care. have a good one.
• India
9 Jan 07
just pray 2 god & take a wise decision by concerning doctor. god almighty wii surelly help u. dont take tension.
@musha_ali (392)
• Pakistan
9 Jan 07
i dont know......
8 Jan 07
Found this for you: I guess the majority on the discussion already agree Blood vessels feed the outer edges of the meniscus, giving that part the potential to heal on its own. Small tears on the outer edges often heal themselves with rest. source: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/fact/thr_report.cfm?Thread_ID=277