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Dr. Jack Farr
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Knee Meniscus Tear (Overview)

A knee injury in which the meniscus, a rubbery C-shaped disc that cushions the knee, gets torn or overstretched.


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Tips for relieving knee meniscus tear pain? Would ice help? Sometimes locks on me too!

Tips for relieving knee meniscus tear pain? Would ice help? Sometimes locks on me too!

Meniscal tear: ice would help, strengthening your quads and hamstrings will help was well, gentle stretching too ...Read more

Dr. Jack Farr
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Knee Meniscus Tear (Overview)

A knee injury in which the meniscus, a rubbery C-shaped disc that cushions the knee, gets torn or overstretched.


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Knee meniscus tear (Tip)

Your knee is hurting. Meniscus clicks and pops. Surgery can help. ...See more

Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
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Treating a Torn Meniscus (Checklist)

Get imaging, including an MRI, to ensure there are no more issues
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Talk to your doctor about taking NSAIDs for pain
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Start physical therapy
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Consider pool therapy
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I had a meniscectomy a year ago for a painful right knee meniscus tear. My knee still hurts and pops. Do i need to have a revision? I had to pay cash.

I had a meniscectomy a year ago for a painful right knee meniscus tear. My knee still hurts and pops. Do i need to have a revision? I had to pay cash.

Depends on dx.: Whether you have to have your knee 're- scoped' depends on your present diagnosis . If you have retorn your meniscus then probably yes. If your knee is hurting because of concomitant knee pathology ( associated arthritic changes) then possibly not... Other treatments may be helpful. Get a precise diagnosis from your surgeon and realistic expectations of prognosis . Best of luck! ...Read more

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Torn left knee meniscus twice, torn right achillis tendon, and symptoms of right knee meniscus tear after mri, no trauma, what could be the cause?!

Torn left knee meniscus twice, torn right achillis tendon, and symptoms of right knee meniscus tear after mri, no trauma, what could be the cause?!

Some activity: You do not have to have a specific injury to cause a meniscal tear. Sometimes the meniscus can degenerate and tear from repetitive activities such as running basketball and other pseudotraumatic sports i would work a lot on strengthening and plyometrics to help prevent further problems. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Bassman Dr. Bassman
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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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Consider seeing a physical therapist
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What can plaster casts be used for? Could they be used for stopping knee meniscus tears instead of a knee brace? If the knee brace is an immobiliser.

What can plaster casts be used for? Could they be used for stopping knee meniscus tears instead of a knee brace? If the knee brace is an immobiliser.

Plaster casts: Plaster casts are solid and don't allow movement of tour knee which can make it stiff. A knee immobilized allows for some movement. Rest and time and an ortho referral should help you out. All the best. ...Read more

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Hurt at work, left knee, horizontal meniscus tear. Right knee, oblique tear medial meniscus . Do I need surgery ?

Hurt at work, left knee, horizontal meniscus tear. Right knee, oblique tear medial meniscus . Do I need surgery ?

Meniscus Tear: With that kind of specific knowledge your must have had an MRI of your knees. Without a knowledge of your symptoms and exam of your knees it is impossible to know wether you need surgery or not. The simple presence of a tear without any corresponding symptoms or exam specific to that area would not need surgery. Either would minimal or mild symptoms which resolve with rest and no surgical care ...Read more

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26, knee oa - meniscus tear/ scope surgery 10 yrs ago - was ncaa athlete. Drs say distal femoral osteotomy. Can i improve my alignment w/ pt instead of surgery? Now low impact lifestyle and no pain

26, knee oa -  meniscus tear/ scope surgery 10 yrs ago - was ncaa athlete. Drs say distal femoral osteotomy. Can i improve my alignment w/ pt instead of surgery? Now low impact lifestyle and no pain

Somewhat: Yes, i would maximize physical therapy and an "unloader" knee brace, customized for your misalignment. This brace provides some realignment to you while weight-bearing. If you fail to see satisfactory results with conservative management, then an osteotomy could be helpful for you. Keep your weight at a healthy level, as this may be the #1 modifiable factor to prevent progression of your arthritis. ...Read more

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Left knee mcl tear but now right knee is painful from taking the strain off my left knee (old meniscus tear to right knee) Is there anything I can do?

Left knee mcl tear but now right knee is painful from taking the strain off my left knee
(old meniscus tear to right knee)
Is there anything I can do?

Right knee pain: Hello. Have you ever tried Voltaren gel or Flector patches (diclofenac)? These treat dull, aching, throbbing pain. Have you tried lidoderm patches or lidocaine gel? These are used for sharp, stab, burn, pins/needles type pain. These gels and patches have to be prescribed. Do you wear any type of knee supports? Sleeves, braces. This can help stabilize your knees while your left knee is healing. ...Read more

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Injured right knee possible meniscus tear plus lcl. 24 hrs later foot is swollen. MRI in 2 days. Should I be worried about swelling in foot?

Injured right knee possible meniscus tear plus lcl.   24 hrs later foot is swollen.  MRI in  2 days.  Should I be worried about swelling in foot?

If it is only: in the foot and if it is not severe. If the swelling or pain extends into calf or it worsens, it could be DVT, so re-consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me when should your knee recover from meniscus tear surgery?

Doctors can you tell me when should your knee recover from meniscus tear surgery?

Repair vs debrided?: If you underwent a partial removal of the torn portion of the meniscus (partial mensicectomy), your recuperation period would generally be quicker than if you underwent a repair of the torn meniscus (meniscal repair). Jogging is routinely allowed by 3-4 months after meniscectomy, and after 4-6 months when it is repaired. Underlying arthritis (cartilage loss) would also slow your recovery. ...Read more

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Can you explain a knee scope for a meniscus tear?

Can you explain a knee scope for a meniscus tear?

Easy: Arthroscopy is minimally invasive procedure that entails making access points to the affected joints (holes) through which inspection is carried out. Then instruments are introduced in the joint cavity and whatever arthritis is seen is "cleaned up" and the torn meniscus/ligaments are sewn. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why my knee feels stuck after meniscus tear? Help?

Could you tell me why my knee feels stuck after meniscus tear? Help?

Caught in the joint.: The tear may be flipping in and out of the knee joint, causing locking or catching. Usually, with those types of symptoms, you would require arthroscopic knee surgery, to remove the torn piece of meniscus. ...Read more

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Do you need knee surgery for a meniscus tear?

Do you need knee surgery for a meniscus tear?

Generally, yes.: They usually do not heal themselves. See an orthopedic knee surgeon to determine if surgical intervention is the right option for you. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Torn Meniscus (Definition)

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 ...Read more