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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Torn Meniscus

What does a torn Meniscus have to do with Type 2 Diabetes? Good question as I never would have thought there was a connection until I found out I had one. I missed a rung on a ladder at a part time job I was working at this past summer. When I came down with heavy parts in my hands, my left leg hit the floor causing me to lose my balance and fall backwards into some shelving. I was more embarrassed than hurt at the time, or so I thought.

As the next two months or so went by, the pain and stiffness in my left knee became a real issue. I was NO longer able to do my squats with the dumb bells which was a major part of my exercise routine to help control my blood glucose levels by using major muscle groups during exercise.

What to do? Until recently I had NOT been to a doctor or chiropractor to have the knee problem diagnosed. I still have NOT had an MRI which is the only sure way to absolutely know if you have a tear in the meniscus and the extent of the tear and whether surgery might be recommended. In my case, I recently went to a chiropractor that I have used for many years on and off. She put both my legs through a range of motion exercises and made notes of which movements aggravated the pain level. Her determination was about 99% sure I had torn my meniscus in my left knee. The bad news is that she was 99% sure I had torn my meniscus........................and the good news is that NOW I KNOW ABOUT IT and can start down the road to recovery. You Improvise, you Adapt, you Overcome.

She gave me a couple of simple exercises along with advice on using ice on the knee. I immediately took her advice and stopped any and all weight bearing squats etc. to give the knee a rest. I also use one of the gel type ice packs on the knee when sitting in my recliner with my feet up. I think the biggest thing that has helped me is sitting in a straight backed chair and raising and extending my foot out and up and then back down. I am doing this probably 50-75 times a day now with maybe 10-15 reps at a time several times throughout the day. The improvement has been DRAMATIC. I have continued my walking and push ups on the stairs etc., and at some point hope to return to some squats with the dumb bells.

I am going to post a couple of links that should you ever find yourself in this situation, you will have a working knowledge of what a torn meniscus is and steps you can take to rectify the situation and get yourself back in the game so to speak.

The above link will give you diagrams and an explanation of what a torn meniscus is.

The link below will give you advice on exercises you can do to alleviate the pain and strengthen your knee area.

OBVIOUSLY you need to consult a chiropractor or physical therapist FIRST to determine the extent of your injury and to see if you need an MRI and/or possibly surgery,


Hos 4:6.............My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

Isa 53:5.............He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.

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