Re: meniscus tear
She didn't have pain all of the time...she had some swelling, and it would get sore if she worked it hard, but other than that, and it catching when she ran, she was okay....she didn't have the "classic" symptoms of a meniscal tear either....one reason we waiting 3 months and went through therapy rather than just doing an MRI.
Just and FYI also, if yours is torn and you need surgery. Her surgeon used anchors, rather than stitching it...they desolve over a period of 5 years I believe...and are new to fixing a meniscal tear. She's still doing great, actually said last night she thinks she doesn't need her brace anymore...that scares me, but....she feels it's in her way now. They didn't fix her ACL, it was "frayed" but not torn, they had her knee locked in a brace for 5 or 6 weeks, to let the ACL heal....but with just a meniscal tear, I believe they start bending the knee after the first week or two. After the 5 or 6 weeks of her having her knee locked straight, we slowly started to bend it over the course of a month or two...then she started actual therapy....she saw a PT the whole time, but they worked only on the swelling etc while her ACL healed.
Good luck! Let me know how you are! If it is torn, make sure you have a GOOD surgeon.....I love my daughters...he's excellent! I trust him beyond words....he treated her with a broken growth plate in her ankle 2 years before the knee (yes...she broke it playing basketball :-) )....