Update: Sam’s extremely cheesed off medial meniscus!

Gray349.pngI’m just back from the Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic.

They say I have an angry medial meniscus. That’s their technical diagnosis.

What’s that body part anyway? Wikipedia says, “The medial meniscus is a fibrocartilage semicircular band that spans the knee joint medially, located between the medial condyle of the femur and the medial condyle of the tibia.[1] It is also referred to as the internal semilunar fibrocartilage. The medial meniscus has more of a crescent shape while the lateral meniscus is more circular. The anterior aspects of both menisci are connected by the transverse ligament. It is a common site of injury, especially if the knee is twisted.”

The first goal is to get the inflammation down. So that means a lot of ice, not much walking, no stairs. Possibly it means crutches. We’ll see. Today we did lots of icing and moving the knee gently. There was also some ultrasounding. I’ve got frequent physio exercises to do. The good news is that I do get to ride my bike on the trainer. With no tension but 10 minutes, twice a day, to start. There’s also foam rolling in my future. Wish me luck!

 

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Philosopher, feminist, parent, and cyclist!

3 thoughts on “Update: Sam’s extremely cheesed off medial meniscus!

  1. Jon says:

    Interesting! Now I know what’s wrong with my knee!

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  2. bone&silver says:

    Oh dear. I’m a Pilates instructor here in Australia, so I’ve seen this before of course. I’d definitely recommend ingesting lots of tumeric too- you can find capsules online in USA- put it fresh in power smoothies- cook it in soups- be warned, it makes everything it touches go yellow, but it is a great natural anti-inflammatory. Also, do everything your physio tells you to do, especially the daily exercises or stretches or rests etc. Good luck! G

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  3. catherine w says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Sam! So sorry your medial meniscus is so angry. I hope the physio and gentleness and TLC will help sooner rather than later. Take good care!

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