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Old 09-30-2009, 10:56 PM   #1
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Smile MCL damage

i messed my MCL and miniscus up about six months ago. i went to physical therapy. have been working out still but if i try to run farthur than 6 to 10 miles. it hurts like hell on earth for three or four days. any advice on what to do to help rebuild my knee. or vitamins and such to take to help the cartiledge. any and all advice welcome.
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Old 10-01-2009, 07:46 AM   #2
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Re: MCL damage

Most people around here will tell you to take Fish oil Omgea threes 1 gm/ 10 lbs of body weight when you are recovering from something. You might want to look into POSE running or re evaluate why you are running so far, Good luck
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Old 10-01-2009, 09:53 AM   #3
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Re: MCL damage

Depending on the damage you did to the cartilage it may never heal. Part of the meniscus is avascular, some of it is vascular so it can heal a little but probably slowly.

There's very little you can do except get the blood flowing a lot to the legs (non-impact exercise tends to work better), and eat healthily... ice when necessary, proper strengthening protocol, etc. The rest is up to your body.

Have you had an MRI or had an ortho check it out?


Honestly, if you're still having significant problems with physical limitations in things you want to do after physical therapy it may be a good idea to see an ortho and possibly surgery. And I never really advise surgery unless you exhaust all options, heh. It's a good thing they do meniscus now as arthroscopic so heal time is much faster.

How bad was teh MCL damage?
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Old 10-01-2009, 03:37 PM   #4
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Re: MCL damage

Steven is dead on the money.

The meniscus is a bad set-up. To elaborate on the good info he already gave you: If you are out of your teen years, the likelihood of having a tear into the portion of the meniscus that has a blood-supply is somewhere in the are of slim to none.

The MCL should heal up just fine, even if it is a complete thru-&-thru rupture. It may take 6-12 months, but it should heal.

My bet is that you are still having meniscal issues. Are you experiencing any locking or buckling/giving way of the knee? How much do you trust that knee walking down stairs?

If you have these issues, I would second the notion of having an ortho surgeon check out your knee.
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Old 10-01-2009, 10:48 PM   #5
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Re: MCL damage

ive had it cheeked the doc didnt want to do surgery. he told me to keep working out and building the strength. and that it would take time to heal. i am a long distance runner, when i am not crossfitting i am running or swimming. maybe i should swim and bike more and run a little less. it locks up after a long run or alot of squating down at work. i trust it on stairs now but not at first. the injury is almost 6 months ago now. so i guess time good nutrition and exercise and patience.
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Re: MCL damage

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it locks up after a long run or alot of squating down at work.
That's... not good..
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Old 10-02-2009, 03:44 AM   #7
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Re: MCL damage

Yeah, when someone tells me they have locking and at times don't trust the knee, my belief is that the meniscus is torn until proven otherwise.

You need an MRI and more than likely arthroscopy. Make sure that if this is initiated by your family physician that you insist on a plain set of X-Rays before the MRI is performed. There is much value in the cost effective plain Jane X-Ray.
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Re: MCL damage

thanks guys. i will see my doc pretty soon i already had all types of tests done but maybe its time for another round of them. maybe they missed something the first time.
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Old 10-02-2009, 07:27 PM   #9
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Re: MCL damage

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thanks guys. i will see my doc pretty soon i already had all types of tests done but maybe its time for another round of them. maybe they missed something the first time.
maybe its time for a second set of different eyes to have a look... something to be said on different way of looking at things.

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http://stoneclinic.com/meniscusreconstruction

http://stoneclinic.com/meniscusfaq

Not touting this guy.. but his stuff is cutting edge.
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haha yea dude it would be a good idea for a second set of eyes to take a look thanks.
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