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Old 03-29-2006, 12:25 PM   #1
Allan Fisher
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I have a posterior horn complex lateral meniscal tear. I think I tore it a few months ago losing control on the descent of a one-legged squat (stupid), and aggravated it recently doing push jerks.

I have the option of trying to rehab it or having the loose bits removed. In either case, my doctor (a sports medicine specialist) advises permanently avoiding deep/heavy squats, in order to avoid further aggravation on the one hand and osteoarthritis on the other.

Does anybody have alternative (or concurring) wisdom on post-traumatic squatting? I should mention that the knee in question is pushing 50 years old.
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Old 03-29-2006, 12:46 PM   #2
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I had hip replacements that preclude deep squatting. My doctor is ok with box squats. I think we have to make accommodations to our changing bodies. I think you'll get 80% of the benefit from a box squat without the pain or damage.

After all, CF is about fitness and an essential element of fitness is avoiding injury.
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Old 03-29-2006, 03:14 PM   #3
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Of course you always have the option of trying to live with it, but it's surprising that a sports medicine guy wouldn't encourage you to get your knee cleaned out. I thought the prevailing wisdom these days was early removal of the "loose bits" greatly lessens the chance of long-term arthritis.

I had a similar tear on the medial side scoped many years ago. My doc didn't advise me to avoid deep squatting, I haven't avoided them and experience no problems from it. On the contrary, it seems to help keep my knee feeling good.
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Old 03-30-2006, 09:30 AM   #4
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As I understand it, the point of trimming torn portions is to avoid future tearing and inflammation, and the increased risk of arthritis comes from a loss of meniscal cushioning of the joint. Carl, was your tear at the front or back, do you recall?
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Old 04-01-2006, 02:29 PM   #5
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It was at the back. Of course, not all tears are the same, even those in the same area.

I've heard, though, that in some cases fragments of torn meniscus can injure the gliding surface of the joint leading to an increased chance of arhtritis and seem to recall a study that showed that people who had surgery to remove torn pieces tended to do better in the long run than those who lived with it.

This info may be totally out of date and you should certainly pay more attention to competent medical advice than to anything I say. Back to the main point, though, my experience with deep squatting has been positive.

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