Hello: is it certain, or at least a possibility, that damage to the medial meniscus from an accident, will result in some level of permanent degeneration, even if there is little pain months later after therapy and meds? In other words, is the knee ever the same after an injury, especially for someone in their 50's?
In 2010, after an accident, an MRI showed mild degeneration (which I understand could mean a tear, even though the MRI report showed none). There was pain and limited movement. After a few months of therapy, I regained most movement and pain subsided. Although every once in a while, it would hurt or tighten, at which point I would repeat therapy myself.