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THe MRI suggests:
you have weakening and thinning of the medial meniscus.
Medial meniscus covers the inner aspect of the knee joint.
There is also loss of knee cartilage.
These findings are consistent with osteoarthritis related changes.
You need to consider arthroscopic knee surgery to repair the damage to the cartilage and also reinforce the weakened part of the meniscus with tissue graft.
An orthopedic surgeon experienced in knee surgeries should be consulted with.
You will recover well after such surgeries within 3 to 4 months.
Physical therapy will be required following the surgery.
Can the cartilage and meniscus heal by themselves with just physical therapy?
How long you have the symptoms?
Since April. Have had the knee drained, and am feeling better, but still occasional pain and instability.
And how long you have tried the physical therapy?
Since early May, twice per week + home exercises
I want to golf again and am worried
Do you feel your symptoms improved?
in that case, you may wait 6 more weeks as you may recover without any surgery.
Golfing is also possible.
okay, I will try that. Thanks for translating the MRI for me.
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I will do that, thanks