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MCL torn or minicus torn

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Well, I'm going to have an MRI on my knee. It appears I may have a torn MCL or minicus. Has anyone dealt with this? Any advise on how to take care of it until surgery if needed and how hard is the recovery period/time.

 

Also, this throws a curve ball at my workout - losing weight goals. Anyone have any good tips on how to remain active, exercise with such an injury?

Thanks much

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Maybe you'll get lucky like me and it'll turn out to be a bone bruise. I don't know too much about MCLs but with a miniscus I think you can usually expect to be back to normal in about a month. Everybody is different though.

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I did ACL/MCL/meniscus. I did mostly upper body work before surgery, so that I could get myself out of chairs and stuff easier, plus to stay active. I might've done some on the exercise bike too...can't remember exactly. I went to PT and got my instructions from her.

 

Meniscus recovery depends on whether they trim or repair, I think. Trim recovers more quickly, but repair is better for you long term since you aren't removing some of the cushioning. It just depends on whether there is enough blood flow that repair would take. Dunno about MCL. ACL required surgery and that was the limiting factor in everything, except that I stayed on crutches longer because of meniscus repair, IIRC. MCL heals itself, but you have to let it. I think I got yelled at for not wearing the brace all the time. Take it really easy until you get a diagnosis.

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I did ACL/MCL/meniscus. I did mostly upper body work before surgery, so that I could get myself out of chairs and stuff easier, plus to stay active. I might've done some on the exercise bike too...can't remember exactly. I went to PT and got my instructions from her.

 

Meniscus recovery depends on whether they trim or repair, I think. Trim recovers more quickly, but repair is better for you long term since you aren't removing some of the cushioning. It just depends on whether there is enough blood flow that repair would take. Dunno about MCL. ACL required surgery and that was the limiting factor in everything, except that I stayed on crutches longer because of meniscus repair, IIRC. MCL heals itself, but you have to let it. I think I got yelled at for not wearing the brace all the time. Take it really easy until you get a diagnosis.

Good advice. I think I'll concentrate on the upper body without placing more weight on the legs.

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I've torn my meniscus in both knees. Right one was in high school and recovery took 3 weeks. I rehabbed hard to get back on the field in football (Senior year). Had to wear knee brace but it was a quick recovery.

 

Left knee was just a year ago last january. It took longer to recover because I didn't go to physical therapy due to cost (even with health insurance). It took much longer to recover and was a pain in the rear for a good 4-5 weeks. Swelling finally was gone after 6 weeks.

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