Hi, I was diagnosed with a significant lateral meniscus tear in my right knee in the Fall of 2005. Anyway its the beginning of 2007 (about 18 months after injury) and my knee has felt completely normal for about 3 months now: no soreness and no clicking. I don't feel anything wrong with my knee when I sprint for short distances like quickly crossing the street. What I am wondering is if my meniscus has "repaired itself". Anyone have similar experience to share?
A little background on my injury:
I am a male...30 years old, 5' 8" tall and weigh 165 Lbs. For the first few months after injury, there was slight swelling around the outside of the knee but I have always maintained good mobility. My ortho said that tendonitis might be the primary cause of the pain I was having at that time. Since my legs were strong from squatting and deadlifting for many years, he recommended that I didn't need surgery or therapy right away. So I laid of heavy lifting and instead have concentrated on mostly calisthenics and brisk walking for about 2 miles every day. I took glucosamine supplements on and off for a few months early last year and then completely stopped doing that. Since last Fall I have been regularly taking fish oil instead.
I finally met with my ortho last week. He played a bit with my knee and agreed that it was possible the tear had healed since about 1/3rd of it fell in the area of blood supply. But he said that the only way I could be sure is to actually start sprinting. Plus he also advised that I stretch my hamstrings more.
So...I guess I will find out how much of the tear has healed come late March when I start sprinting again
Well, I've had two sprinting sessions so far.(with about 15 days between them). The last session was yesterday afternoon. My knee feels...normal! I do seem to be ending up with really sore ACL on both knees though. From previous experience, it is probably because of the tremendous effort involved in pushing off with the hind leg. I am hoping my ACL will become "conditioned" in about a month. Will post more at the end of April.
I've done something like 2 sets of 6x25s in both sessions. That is, after a thorough warm-up which involves some light running, I sprint 25 yards with a flying start, walk back to the starting point and repeat 5 more times. This is one sequence. Then I rest for about 5 minutes (I walk around; no sitting down) and repeat the sequence once more. I was not tired after the second sequence yesterday. I really wanted to do one more sequence. But the ACL in both knees wouldn't cooperate. At least I feel no soreness in my quads, which is a good thing as it obviously means my hamstring muscles are stronger. But there is no swelling outside the lateral part of my right knee where my meniscus tear is. Woohoo!!
Next session will be this Sunday...
[blockquote]Well my sprinting program is coming along just fine. My right knee feels solid. Time to gloat over it? I can feel myself tightening up all over. There is no more pain behind the knees (I had thought it was a ligament issue or something) since I changed my sprint technique a bit. Rather than trying to move as fast as I can, I've been concentrating purely on, well, technique. And bringing my rear foot to my glutes took care of the really sore upper calves issue. In time, I should get faster (as I get stronger on the movement