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I assume the meniscus tear was diagnosed by MRI? If so, it's definitely there.
This may or may not require surgery for repair. There are a variety of surgical options available, including possibly microfracture procedure. THat is best left to the orthopedic surgeon.
But here's what happens. Whenever a joint is unstable or injured, the surrounding muscles tighten up to stabilize it. This is about the ONLY thing the body has at its disposal to correct the issues.
The classic example is back spasms when you injure the lower back. The paraspinal muscles clamp down like a vice so that the bones don't move and irritate the nerve that is being squashed.
Same with the knee. So, your muscles start to spasm after a while. That happened to me when i played soccer and twisted my knee. The pain was more from the muscles than the knee, and I found it intolerable
The advice i can give you is for a prescription for a muscle relaxant like flexeril or soma. These are proven remedies for muscle spasm.
Non-medical remedies include warm baths, heating pads (DANGEROUS to burn the skin, so NEVER fall asleep with one on your body), Ben-gay as often as you like, or capsaicin cream.
If it is the WHOLE leg, then you may have a mineral deficiency. This would include
All can easily be measured and replaced by mouth if needed.
If this is restless leg syndrome (RLS), which occurs at rest and during sleep, that's a whole other issue.
Have a look at this informative website after we're done (I am not permitted due to copyright laws to copy anything from any website and paste it here for your convenience):
That's the down and dirty approach to this common problem. Follow this advice and you should be back on your yacht in no time (or sailboat if that's all you can afford!).
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