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Ima' paraphrase abit- It states there is tearing of the free edge of the anterior horn and body of the lateral meniscus with full thickness extension through the anterior attachment. There is peripheral displacement or uncovering of the meniscal tissue demonstrated on the coronal views. There is mild thickening and intrasubstance signal within the patellar tendon at the tibial intact.
Evaluation of the marrow signal demonstrates mild subarticular bone edema within the lateral tibial plateau. Evaluation of the articular cartilage demonstrates mild chondral thinning within the lateral compartment. There is no focal high-grade chondral defect present.
There is mild partial thickness chondral loss within the patella and femoral trochlea. A small joint effusion is present and lastly it also states distal patellar tendonitis. Pretty much everything else came out clear I guess.

Yes, it's tough to have knee issues when you're young. At this point in my life (I'm 31) I've pretty much accepted that there won't be any more running or jumping. By the grace of God, I walk and sometimes I can use the elliptical trainer to stay fit.

So the first paragraph of the MRI report says you have a meniscus tear. The meniscus is a cup-shaped piece of cartilage that sits on top of the shinbone and holds the thighbone when you bend your knee. Specifically, your tear is in the front toward the outer side of the knee. Tears can sometimes be repaired surgically, although sometimes it's better not to bother.

Paragraph 2 says that the upper part of your tibia (shinbone) shows some swelling and irritation. Probably not severe enough to do anything about surgically, rest and anti-inflammatory medicines are the best option there.

Then it discusses "chondral loss" or thinning. This basically means your cartilage is a little worn down. It's something that happens to everyone sooner or later, although yours is early. There's not all that much you can do about it, except try to keep from losing any more.

If I were you, I would take this report and the films to the best orthopedic surgeon specializing in knees in your area. One consultation will not cost very much money. He may be able to recommend exercises to strengthen the muscles around your knee and reduce pain. He can tell you whether surgical repair of your meniscus is a good idea or not.

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