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A 18-year-old female asked:

If i have a meniscus tear and don't go to the doctor immediately could it cause severe damage or permanent damage to me knee?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 50 years experience
Yes: If you ignore it for long time it could cause damage to the knee.
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Dr. Bryce Bederka
Sports Medicine 21 years experience
Meniscus tear: The meniscus is a supportive cushion in your knee. Over time it can wear out, and this is part of the development of arthritis in the knee. When it tears it can cause pain. If not addressed the pain will continue and it can cause increased damage in the knee, sort of like having a stone in your shoe. Taking the tear out helps with the pain. However it will not stop the arthritis.
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Last updated May 17, 2014

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