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VIKINGSMOMDE SparkPoints: (29,537)
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5/6/13 6:20 A

I had surgery on my torn meniscus several years ago, as well as some work on my ACL and cartilage removal. I still need an ACL replacement (been putting it off). I have minor arthritis.

Regular, moderate exercise has made an enormous difference for me in controlling the pain, stiffness, and instability. It's been a slow but very steady improvement. Losing weight also helped.

I'd ask your doctor or PT if there are suggested exercises to do. I got a list of strength and flexibility exercises from my PT & still do them regularly.

In regards to cardio, my PT started me out walking and on an exercise bike. Now, I can do all the cardio machines at the gym just fine. I'm back to playing tennis too (with a brace, of course!).

The more I do, the better I feel. I just have to be really careful about overdoing it - learned my lessen the hard way.

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5/5/13 9:21 P

In my experience, the pain has gotten better as I strengthen my legs, but it is still there. I have had 3 surgeries and some cortisone injections on one knee and the next surgery will be a total replacement, so my experience is likely much different.
I have experimented with things that I can do with the least pain. For me, walking is very painful, but I can bike at a 10 -12 MPH pace for long periods. That means that my walking is confined to 30 to 45 minutes a day with my dog, and my "real" exercise is an hour or 2 on the road with my bike.
Good luck with the pain management. Just DON'T stop exercising.

GEVANS7 SparkPoints: (300,586)
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5/5/13 4:21 P

I had the knee scope surgery for torn meniscus and still have the pain. I was told I always will, but had to go through physical therapy to strengthen the muscle around the knee. I have far less pain now, so exercising the right muscles will help. I have to do a lot of squats (no lunges) and I'm back to walking 3 miles a day. Stoppping exercise altogether is the worst thing I did. You should see a doctor. I also had cortisone shots and synthetic lubricant injections. I think the shots helped more than the surgery.

Good luck. I know how painful it is.

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5/5/13 3:09 P

If it was just arthritis, I would say yes, moderate exercise helps, especially water or other low impact exercise.

Torn meniscus is an entirely different story. You need to ask your doctor about that. You might have limitations on exercise and only a doctor or physical therapist could answer that question.

Always best to talk to the doctor ... good luck!!!

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5/5/13 2:28 P

Will chronic pain in the knee(arthritis & torn meniscus) lessen with regular moderate exercise ?

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