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How can i tell if my meniscus is torn?

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Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Meniscal tears: There are several types of meniscal tears (see pic). Some meniscal tears occur w/ acute injury & some as degenerative changes (over time). Common symptoms include pain, swelling, clicking/ popping, locking/ catching, giving way, and/ or limited range of motion. Hope this helps. It is best if you let a physician examine you and possibly order an MRI to be sure.

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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.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How can I tell whether I have a torn meniscus?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Twist and bend: The meniscus is a cushion the distributes the foces within the knee. A torn portion of the meniscus will cause mechanical pain that is reproducible. Twisting of the knee or bending the knee to the limits can squeeze the meniscus and reproduce this pain. Rarely, tears in the front of the meniscus causes pain with hyperextending the knee. We can easily diagnose tears on physical examination.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if I have torn my meniscus and acl?

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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery 42 years experience
Injury.: If you had a twisting/pivoting injury that has resulted in knee swelling and a sense of pain and instability, then you may have torn your ACL and meniscus. See an orthopedic knee surgeon ASAP to get evaluated.

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