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what is the definition or description of: torn meniscus ?

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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine 39 years experience
See below: A meniscus tear is a tear in the "cushion " in the knee between the end of the femur and top or proximal end of the tibia. The meniscus provides cushioning between the bones and can become injured with twisting injuries or over time from a degenerative process. Most of these tears are likely to require arthroscopic surgery at some point especially in young active individuals.
Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
Pain Management 29 years experience
Tear in cartilage: A torn meniscus is one of the most common knee injuries. Any activity that causes you to forcefully twist or rotate your knee, especially when putting the pressure of your full weight on it, can lead to a torn meniscus. Each of your knees has two menisci — c-shaped pieces of cartilage that act like a cushion between your shinbone and your thighbone. A torn meniscus causes pain, swelling and stif.
Dr. Thomas Dowling
Orthopedic Spine Surgery 40 years experience
A degenerative or : Traumatic cause of injury to a weight bearing partly mobile cartilage of the knee joint that also provides for some stability. There are two per knee joint and look like spacers within the knee joint. There are different types of tears - some that can heal on their own, others that can be repaired and others that can be sculpted to create a new edge.
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Torn meniscus: Ripped gristle cartilage that can be medial or lateral in the knee joint, cushioning between the femur and tibia.
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 29 years experience
Torn cartilage: In the knee joint there are two types of cartilage, articular cartilage and meniscal cartilage. The meniscus is a triangular shaped piece of fibro-cartilage that sits between the femur and tibia. The meniscus can tear as a result of injury or secondary degenerative changes that occur over time. Because the meniscus cartilage dies not have it's own blood supply, tears often need surgery to fix.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Cartilage tear: A torn meniscus refers to an injury to the main shock absorbing wedge-shaped semi-circular structrue located between the femur and tibia within the actual knee joint.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

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.
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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
Dr. Howard Luksanswered
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 25-year-old member asked:

How can you tell when a meniscus tear is better?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Simple: The pain is getting better. You may also have had other issues with your knee that also are improving like clicking, catching, giving away, and swelling.
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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.

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