Anyone know much about the meniscus in the knee?
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Here's my story. In January, I hurt my knee doing leg extensions. I just assumed it was normal issues with old man joints and just trained through the pain using ibuprofen when it flared up. Well, a couple of months ago, my wife finally talked me into seeing a PT about it. Luckily, I have a friend that is a PT and I worked with him on the issue. From his assessment, he came to the conclusion that it was my meniscus and that he didn't feel it was torn. So we did some rehab and it got better. To the point of training with no pain and even being able to run a 5k.
I then began Muay Thai and had no issues other than the normal tightness and soreness from using muscles in a new way. THEN....I did my first BJJ class and as I walked out of the gym, I noticed it was feeling tight and swollen (this is the feeling I usually got when it flared up). The next few days it got worse again....just like when I initially hurt it. So I foam rolled, stretched, took ibuprofen, etc....and got it better. I did another BJJ class with the same results.
So this week I haven't done BJJ but I have done Muay Thai twice. On Tuesday, I had no issues except for a little soreness as usual. But last night I had a new symptom pop up (literally). As I was stretching for the class, I feel my knee pain come back. I pull my knee sleeve down and there is a knot where my meniscus pain is. So I started messing with it and pushing on it as I squat and I get the knot pushed back in and the pain is gone. Feeling that I am good to go, I head back to the class. As I was working on some combos, I felt the knee pain again. I tried to keep going but I couldn't pivot. Once again, I push on the knot while squatting and work it back in and the pain subsides. I didn't go back to the class this time because I was afraid that I would really mess it up.
Any ideas? Are these symptoms that it is torn and needs surgery? What will stop it from being pushed out? I assume the knot is the meniscus pushing out of the joint. It's not that painful but it is frustrating the HELL out of me!!
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