Meniscus Injury

Hi everyone,

I'm new to the forums and I'm looking forward to chatting to all of you about running.

I have a question that I just can't seem to find the answers for anywhere. I cannot run on the road anymore. I know this. I always end up injured and so have taken to the trails which is great fun. I live in the French Alps and opportunity-wise, trail running is almost ridiculousy easy as there are so many of them.

So, trail running means that I have run injury-free for 2 and a half years now as compared to every 6 months when I was road-running. However, at the end of June, I decided to train on a route that has a 8km 500+ road climb and I ended up with a mensicus injury. I have had a MRI and my general physician has asked me to rest for 15 days before he thinks about sending me to a specialist. Since this has happened I have rested my knee and I CANNOT run anyway because it swells and hurts. I have been hiking really quickly with poles and Nordic Walking so as not to lose stamina but my knee isn't any better anyway. So, when he asked me to rest for 15 days I just felt like this was a huge waste of time.

My question is this: have any of you had a mensical injury that is not a tear that has healed by itself? My doc doesn't seem to think I have a tear. My MRI was a grade 2 meniscal lesion. I have no idea what that means and I am worried that my doc is going to just ask me to rest indefinitely without sending me to see a surgeon because I don't have a "tear" and therefore nothing can be done for me.

Any suggestions, advice or recounting of experiences would be a great help.

Thank you very much!


  • Hi LouinFrance,

    I have had my fair share of knee injuries, including an ACL reconstruction and 3 seperate meniscal tears of different grades. (I'm only just 21)

    The cartilage will not heal itself as far as I am aware. The blood flow in the knee is very poor and your best bet would be to have an arthroscopy to either remove the lesion or stich it up, depending on where it is.

    Short Term means you have some physio to do and need patience, long term is that you won't risk injurying it further, and will be able to start running again.

    I have had 2 of mine repaired, which require more physio and have a slower recovery rate. 8 weeks ago I had a very small lesion shaved off, which had meant that I am already back to spinning, running and hiking.


    I would advice you to get it sorted now and don't let it go and risk it getting worse.

    Hope this helps.

  • Thanks Rosie!

    I do now have an appointment with the specialist at the end of September and I'm crossing my fingers that he'll be able to do just that.


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