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A 44-year-old female asked:

If you have a torn meniscus in your knee does it tear more if you walk on it?

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Dr. Rashid Khan
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Yes.: The tear in the meniscus can extend if not repaired. Consult an orthopedic specialist.
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Depends on…: Location of tear & degree of tear & types of activities u r involved in. Actions that involve rapid change of direction on weight-bearing knee can exacerbate injury. Simple walking shouldn't cause problems unless a piece of cartilage tears free (joint mouse) & catches, causing decreased range of motion. Follow up with orthopedic/sports medicine specialist.
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Last updated Mar 29, 2013

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