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what are the signs of a torn meniscus?

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Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Joint line pain or: The hinge where your femur meets your tibia will be tender and can click or catch typically on the inside. Clicking and catching are two positive tests for a meniscus tear. The patfem joint is the joint around your kneecap. If you have swelling in your knee, joint line pain and a history of an injury the likelihood of a meniscus tear is more significant.

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A 24-year-old member asked:

If you tore your meniscus is it safe to walk on it?

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Dr. Abdul Ahmed
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
It may get worse.: A small meniscus tear heals by itself. The tear can progress in size and can cause locking of the knee. It then needs surgical excision or reapair.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

How could you tell if you torn your meniscus?

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Dr. Howard Luks
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Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Depends...: Many people with torn menisci have no symptoms at all... Most do not experience much discomfort with walking... A few do. The most painful activities typically associate with a meniscus tear include kneeling, squatting, pivoting and twisting. Some may also experience giving way or locking if the piece is torn piece is large enough.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

How should I treat a torn meniscus?

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Dr. Tandy Freeman
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
See a doctor.: Treatment ranges from non-operative treatment to removal of the torn piece to repair. Variables influencing the proper treatment of a torn meniscus include the patient's age, nature of the tear, presence or absence of other injuries, symptoms, and findings on examination. An appropriate decision regarding treatment can only be made in consultation with someone trained in caring for these injuries.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the signs of a torn lateral meniscus?

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Dr. Jeff Kindred
Sports Medicine 14 years experience
Pain: Usually a meniscus tear will cause knee pain. Specifically it usually causes pain with twisting, cutting or going up or down stairs. Sometimes the knee can lock up or give out, these can also be signs of a meniscal tear. Your sports medicine doctor can do an examination of the knee which often can help determine if the meniscus is torn.
A 48-year-old member asked:

What are the signs and symptoms of a torn meniscus?

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Dr. Gregory Krivchenia
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Locking and catching: The most common sign of a torn meniscus is the locking and catching of the knee joint when one flexes and extends the knee. Also, there may be an effusion, joint line tenderness, and the inability to fully extend one's knee.

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