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A 44-year-old female asked:

Does a meniscus tear cause a knee to click at the joint line? i have a hard time bending and extending my knee because it get stuck please help

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Sometimes: It can, and it can also cause locking / "getting stuck" as you describe. You should see an orthopedist for evaluation.
Dr. Robert Meislin
sports medicine 37 years experience
Knee clicking: In the setting of a bucket handle or flipped meniscal tear, knee locking will occur. This may cause the patient to experience sharp clicking and ensuing locking. Painless clicking at the joint line with minimal pain can occur with a plica type syndrome or thickened synovium.
Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
Yes: Meniscal tear symptoms. Usually pain is present. Swelling. Possibly locking/catching. I rec seeing an orthopedist.

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