Knee pain - advice please

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Aug 2020
9:19am, 30 Aug 2020
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Seems to be contagious GM - I've had something very similar for 2 months now. Same - inside of left knee. Initially was a lot worse when running downhill. But I've stopped doing that.
Physio suspects torn meniscus for me, since no tendon or muscle issues.
Took about 3-4 weeks for me to walk 2 miles happily, and 3 miles was too much.
Now walking 6 - 8 miles happily and thinking of running some of it. But not back to 100% yet and the knee has had enough after 15-20 squats. (ordered by physio, and door/wall sits)

Smiling at v'rap - 'sitting' down on the toilet was the hardest thing to do in the first few weeks.
Getting up was not really a problem. My physio laughed at that as well.
Aug 2020
9:34am, 30 Aug 2020
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um, your experience is similar to mine, tho' osteo-arthritis is the cause of my pain. NHS physio cut back my walking and increased the variety and number of exercises - the door/wall sit is a beast :-o No manipulation by the physio: all my own efforts, and I continue the suite of exercises daily. Single leg balance, single leg knee drop/straighten [over a step] and supported hopping, with some lunges, and a return to the gym for leg machine work has got me running again - but my hammy on the 'good' leg is now playing up... :-o
Aug 2020
11:33am, 30 Aug 2020
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Velociraptor
I have a torn meniscus with a cartilage cyst and a partial collateral ligament tear at the site where I had pain in my left knee for a big chunk of last year, and my rehabilitation took the form of whining and grumbling and catastrophising and doing more walking and less running for a while and pestering Dr Google for reassurance that it would get better and I'd be able to keep running. Looking back, I've muttered about that part of that knee on and off for over a decade.

For degenerative knee cartilage problems, the research shows slightly better statistical outcomes from NOT having part of the cartilage removed surgically.
Aug 2020
1:35pm, 30 Aug 2020
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GimmeMedals
It sounds like exercises - squats, lunges, single leg balance - along with exercise (running or walking) are the best way to manage dodgy knees.
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Aug 2020
2:34pm, 30 Aug 2020
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*not a doctor*

As long as any pain or discomfort is only muscle DOMs rather than knee grinding pain. And it doesn't cause (too much) swelling or inflamation
Aug 2020
4:20pm, 30 Aug 2020
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Velociraptor
Movement and optimism :) Squats, lunges and all the rest are good, but they're of marginal benefit compared to having a mindset where you acknowledge the pain, sometimes make allowances for it, but are not intimidated by it. One of the biggest challenges in musculoskeletal medicine (not just knees) is dispelling the fear of doing more damage and dealing with unhelpful beliefs about what has caused the problem and what's going on in the joint.

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