Hi. Sorry for the long post.
I injured my knee nearly 5 months ago. After many visits to the doctor and walk in centre, have been given various pain killers and a steroid injection. I was finally referred to hospital by a doctor who examined me and said he was 100% sure that there was some loose cartilage that was causing the problem and I would need an arthroscopy to "wash it out". After waiting 7 weeks for the appointment, I went to the hospital yesterday. I was expecting to see a consultant or one of his team. I saw a physiotherapist who after a brief examination and a look at my xray, said I needed an mri scan. I asked how long it would take from mri to operation and she said "oh you won't need an operation, even if they find a meniscal tear." when I asked what the treatment would be she said another injection (I told he the first one hadn't worked) Her response to that was physio. I will have been off work for 9 weeks by the time I get my mri scan. How quickly will physiotherapy improve my pain? Will I end up with an operation in the end anyway? I need to get back to work but at the moment I can't walk far because of the pain so it's not possible.