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A 49-year-old female asked:

what can cause a torn meniscus?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Audie Rolnick
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Many reasons: Trauma or degeneration are the most common reasons. Might be associated with instability or inflammatory arthrititdes.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Twisting.: Very often a meniscus tear is caused by a twisting/torquing injury to your knee.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

Could an already torn meniscus continue to increasingly tear?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
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?

5 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
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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