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I just received MRI results and found that I have a left knee medial meniscal tear and severe arthritis at a Grade 3 (Grade 4 is considered bone on bone). This is also the same knee where I had ACL reconstruction about 15 years ago. I haven’t had problems with this knee in years and this all came about after skiing two weekends ago for the first time in 2 years and by 7pm I was unable to bear any weight my pain level was at an 8 out of 10. The next morning I woke up and was fine. My doc explained that the tear most likely folded on itself/caught an edge and mixed with the arthritis it sent me to the hospital.
seek platelet rich plasma/stem cell treatments as a possibility. it may help provide some pain relief.
I feel for you. I had the same thing and skiied for years. I used a Lennox-Hill brace that unloaded the medial side of the joint.They worked well for many years. I have had other braces that never fit or worked quite as well. I am a physical therapist and have a ton of patients with this problem. You can try bracing but remember that they can limit knee motion and increase torque at ther knee.This may or may not be good for your knee. Good luck!
Thanks so much for the suggestions. Very much appreciated!