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Meniscectomy with Return to Running

What is your story about?
I lived with a tear to my lateral meniscus for 1.5 years. My meniscectomy involved removing the whole side since I had a complete tear on the lateral aspect of my meniscus on my right knee. 1 year after my meniscectomy, I crushed an 8 mile trail run.
What symptoms did you experience and how did they progress over time?
I had a complete tear on the lateral aspect of my meniscus on my right knee so they just removed the whole side. My knee would lock out on me for weeks at a time for the almost two years I lived with it.
How did your initial injury occur?
I was playing some beer league hockey and caught my right skate in a divot making a turn and my right leg got abruptly stopped while my body was still going. I instantly felt a pop and insane pain. I lived with the tear to my lateral meniscus for 1.5 years. If I was going straight, aka road running, I was fine.
How has your condition affected your life?
Anytime I would play hockey, martial arts, trail run or essentially any lateral movement, the torn portion would get caught in my knee joint. This would lock it out for a week and cause incredible pain. I decided it was finally time to get it repaired. I lost a lot of time doing what I loved.
What PT exercises were key to your recovery?
Honestly using resistance bands to stretch for hours a day was a huge part of it. Because I lived with the injury for almost two years, my left side compensated and became way stronger. As a result, strength training my right knee (the affected one) was key.
How has your recovery progressed since the surgery?
One year ago today I had knee surgery to remove my torn meniscus. Today I crushed an 8 mile trail run. To all who are battling injuries, I wish you a speedy recovery and happy trails.