I have been a long time reader of this website, but this will be my first post. Im not even sure if its in the right category, so I apologize if it should be somewhere else.
Anyway, I recently hyperextended my knee playing soccer. My doc says I damaged the articular cartilage and I have some Medial Meniscus irregularity. Im not sure what the “irregularity” part means, but hes sending my MRI out to a specialist that is supposed to tell me some more details. As far as the Meniscus, He doesn?t foresee any necessary surgery or problems. I dont have any instability/swelling or serious pain.
However, for the cartilage issue; he says that he is worried that if i tear it up any more that it could essentially develop into arthritis. He has said to stay out of any sport related activities, which im sure relates to my obsession with heavy squatting and deadlifting. Although, I have been able to do some light weight/high rep work without pain, I?m wondering if I should quit that also.
I have put on a lot of leg mass in the last 4 months or so (especially Quads). Does anyone have any suggestions of how to keep it while injured? I realize im not going to be able to put any more leg size on right now, but I would rather not lose what I have. I can still do leg extensions without pain, and any type of leg curl or RDL.
Ive never encountered an injury like this before. Another concern of mine is that , I?m going to have to lay off DL’s and squats for a while. does this mean that my upper body training will come to a halt?
Any intelligent ideas, suggestions or thoughts are welcome.