Originally Posted by Dan
I had basically the exact same injury (torn meniscus) last December and was recovered enough for athletic activity after about four months. There was a point where I actually "felt" it heal that last little bit. After that feeling, I knew I could do pretty much everything I'd done before.
However, each injury IS different, and each person is different. And of course there's a different standard of healing for world-class athletes compared to your average Joe who bowls or works out regularly like I do. But after 8 months, based on my own experience, I'd say it's more in his head than anything.
I had mine almost 9 years ago, but still feel it at times. I'm not sure the circumstances with JV, but I had a partial tear that I didn't realize was a big deal until the full tear finally happened. I actually didn't think that
was too big of a deal until the next morning when I still couldn't extend it. My knee would fall out of socket and I could kind of turn my hip and it would shift back in. When the full tear happened, it was kind of like it fell out of socket, but it hurt quite a bit more and I never got the feeling that I put it "back" into the socket.
I was able to start running maybe 2 weeks after the surgery, but honestly every now and again I notice it's a bit weaker than my left knee, if I'm playing ball or running, or doing something strenuous. Everyone's body heals differently, but "100%" on my right knee is really closer to 95%.
All that said, JV is a world class athlete who would probably rehab much more intensively than I, and he surely had a better scope doctor than I did.