I hurt my knee 6 months ago (probably meniscus tear), it has gotten better, but still have some nagging pain (probably only 60-70 %). I am wondering if after this length of time is there still a possibility that it could heal on its own or is medical treatment my only option?
6 months ago I was doing some 200M interval sprints on a track. I think the curvature of the track encouraged me to place to much stress on my left knee as I was sprinting to finish. I did about 5 of these when I started to feel something in my left knee, so I knocked off at that point.
I should mention that I was towards the end of a 9 week cycle and going into the heaviest part of my cycle. My leg workout consisted of heavy legs presses (heavy for me), leg curls, leg extensions, calf raises. A few days later my knee felt fine, and I went to the gym for my normal workout. Did a couple of warm up sets, no problem, but as soon as I started to go heavy, on the leg press felt a sharp pain in my left knee. Called it quits, came home iced, elevated my knee, and took it easy.
For a couple of weeks after that I had a hard time walking up stairs, running was completely out. I tried doing very light stuff on my legs in the gym, but ultimately decided to just stretch and work on balance, & used a foam roller to massage the muscles and let things recover.
After reviewing these articles at WebMD I am pretty sure what I have is a meniscus tear. I can only speculate as to how bad it is though.
It has been over six months now, I am getting better, but not healed. I can run again although I have keep them pretty short and light -no sprints and back to doing low rep squats and leg presses again. But there are times when I stand for long periods of time that my knee really hurts again, and certain movements, like stiff leg dead lifts are a bad idea.
I am not opposed to going to the doctor, but my experience with doctor visits is most of the time they just waste hours of your day doing all these tests that are never conclusive and in the end tell you to just take it easy and let it heal. So I am wondering, if after 6 months it is still bothering me does that mean it just isn't going to heal or if I give it another 6 months is there still a possibility it could heal on its own? If there is any possibility it will heal on its own I would like to give it a few more months, but I just don't know how long is long enough.
Does anybody else have any experience with this they can share?
thanks in advance!