disclaimer one: i am not a physician
disclaimer two: Mike Plumb offers some pointed and accurate comments
disclaimer three: i had a complex tear scoped about two years ago and recovered fine but that is material for a different thread unless you want to hear more about that.
make sure exactly what is damaged and to what extent. if the MRI's are not clear enough, it may simply be you need someone more qualified to look at the plates.
torn menisci (cartilage) typically are very
difficult to repair.
that prognosis "worsens" with age. if you have someone telling you that a shot will cure all...go get some more opinions. if you have someone telling you that scoping the cartilage will "repair" the damage....go get more opinions. same with PT.
I believe you will find that most scoping procecures are intended to snip or smooth out the flaps of cartilage created when the tear occured. those flaps rubbing on adjoining tissue are what is causing the discomfort. damage can occur if the flaps are big enough and rub on adjoining soft tissue, like the kneecap, essentially scoring that stuff...much like rubbing large grit sandpaper along a piece of balsa.
tears can hurt big time and once they occur...they generally don't go away.
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