Hi. I am a 33 year old very active male and I recently had an MRI on my right knee and was hoping someone could help me in understanding the results.. I have had pain for a few years but it seems to have gotten worse over the last year I have a follow up appointment on the 15th with Ortho and I just want to be intelligent about my Knee (i.e. how bad is this?) issue before I go in. My results are below, any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Comparison: Plain radiographs of the right knee dated 20 January 2013.
Technique: Multiplanar, multisequence imaging of the knee was obtained using a
3.0 T magnet without contrast.
MEDIAL MENISCUS: There is extensive increased intrasubstance signal within the
posterior horn of the medial meniscus with a dominant linear component which
extends through to the superior articular surface. This abnormal signal extends
into the posterior root ligament. There is a 3 to 4 mm para meniscal cyst
LATERAL MENISCUS: Intact.
EXTENSOR MECHANISM: The quadriceps and patellar tendons are intact.
1. Degeneration of the posterior horn of the medial meniscus with horizontal
tear which surfaces superiorly and additionally extends into the posterior root
ligament. Additionally there is a 3 or 4 mm para meniscal cyst posteriorly.
The MRI describes a tear and associated degenerative changes of one of the cartilage discs that lies towards the inner side within the joint to aid in smooth movement and a cyst that has developed close to this lining cartilage disc (meniscus).
Hope this information is helpful.
Does this mean I will most likely need surgery to repiar? I am very active, I snowboard in the winter, Wakeboard in the summer, golf, Coach my daughters soccer teams. All of these activities are really painful for me now and I just want to be able to continue to live my active lifestyle. Thanks for you response.
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