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what are some of the symptoms of a torn meniscus?

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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Pain: A torn meniscus can cause pain, locking, catching and swelling in the knee. The symptoms are often intermittent and related to position of the knee.
Dr. Victor Khabie
Sports Medicine 30 years experience
Pain, locking: Locking, catching, swelling and knee pain are all symptoms.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Joint line pain.: Pain along the joint line of the knee, and pain in that area with twisting , or pivoting maneuvers.
Dr. Jeff Finkelstein
Specializes in Emergency Medicine
Knee pain: Pain especially after sitting, stifffness, locking, popping and swelling.
Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Meniscal tears: There are several types of meniscal tears (see pic). Some meniscal tears occur with acute injury and some as degenerative changes (over time). Common symptoms include pain, swelling, clicking/ popping, locking/ catching, giving way, and/ or limited range of motion. Hope this helps.

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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?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
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 35-year-old member asked:

Which symptoms are you supposed to have with a torn meniscus?

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Dr. Scott m Smith
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 41 years experience
Pain swellingand loc: Meniscus treats usually happen with s twisting injury. They do not cause instability. Most common symptoms are joint line pain, recurrent swelling, and locking. You feel something shift then you cannot completely straighten the knee. The symptoms are worse worth activity. It hurts the most on the medial side of the knee just below the muscle at the joint line.
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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