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Could an already torn meniscus continue to increasingly tear?

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Dr. Howard Luks
Dr. Howard Luksanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Yes...: The mensical tissue in our knee can wear out like your favorite pair of jeans... Or it can tear as the result of an injury. Once torn, most tears will not heal... But many will not hurt after a period of rest. If you chose non-surgical mgmt, there is always a risk the tear will become larger... But that , in and of itself is not a good reason to consider surgery.
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Probably: In general, meniscus tears do not heal. As stress across the injured area persists, a small tear can propagate in to a bigger one, much like a crack in the windshield of a car. This may vary with the location and type of tear and the type of activity the knee is enduring. If symptoms persist, treatment is recommended.
Dr. Bruce Prager
Sports Medicine 42 years experience
If you have mechanical symtoms: locking, catching, giving out from the torn meniscus then surgery is inevitable.
Jan 21, 2012
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery 38 years experience
Torn meniscus: Yes a torn meniscus can continue to tear over time if not properly treated.

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