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A 43-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to tear your meniscus in the knee?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brian Sabb
Sports Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Knee meniscal tears are common. The meniscus can tear from a single traumatic event or the tear can be the result of a degenerative process. Meniscal tears can be detected with a thorough physical exam by a sports or ortho expert and confirmed by mri.
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Meniscus tear: Yes, usually by a pivoting, twisting, or torquing maneuver.
Dr. Peter Nefcy
Radiology 39 years experience
Yes: Unfortunately, we can tear the meniscal cartilage in the knee. In younger patients, this is usually the result of significant trauma, such as a sports injury. As we age, sometime a patient can tear the cartilage with minimal trauma or a twisting injury to the knee. Some patients cannot remember the exact injury to the knee, since at the time the injury did not seem significant.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What can be done about a tear in your meniscus in the knee?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bryan Reuss
Orthopedic Surgery 21 years experience
Surgery: Surgery is indicated, and depending on the location of the tear and the quality of the tissue, a repair or a meniscectomy (removal of the torn portion) is indicated.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the ways you can tear your meniscus in the knee?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Twisting: The most common mechanisms of tearing the meniscus include deep squatting, or planting the foot and twisting the leg. The meniscus may also tear in association with a more significant injury to the knee, like a tear of the acl.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Can a meniscus tear in the knee heal on its own?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Unlikely: Except in very young patients with open growth plates (children and adolescents), meniscus injuries rarely heal without intervention. Meniscus tissue has a poor blood supply and thus doesn't have good spontaneous healing potential. Sometimes a meniscus injury ceases to hurt or cause symptoms, but the tissue hasn't actually healed.
Dr. Bennett Burns
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Agree, young may heal (but the growth plates aren't involved- just a marker of youth)
Mar 29, 2012
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A 44-year-old female asked:

Is a displacement meniscus root a tear in the knee?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher Dougherty
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Root tear: Yes a tear of the meniscus root is a tear. This is often repaired to preserve the function of the meniscus. You can search for meniscus root tear and find several images online as well as the repair.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What workouts can I do with a meniscus tear in my knee?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Advance as tolerated: Not all meniscus tears are the same. Unless surgery is indicated to treat a symptomatic meniscus tear, you should be able to advance your workouts as tolerated using pain and swelling as your guide. Seek medical attention if your knee catches, buckles, or locks and will not move. Such circumstances may warrant a change in your treatment to operative management via arthroscopic surgery.

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