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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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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


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What kind of knee brace should I wear for a torn meniscus?

What kind of knee brace should I wear for a torn meniscus?

Meniscus: Braces are generally not recommended for treatment of a meniscus tear. Tears usually worsen due to rotational forces, which braces do a poor job of supporting. ...Read more

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Could a knee brace help relieve the pain from a torn meniscus?

Could a knee brace help relieve the pain from a torn meniscus?

Have it evaluated.: Different knee conditions may need different types of treatment. Have your knee evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment for your condition. ...Read more

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Have a possible torn meniscus, does a knee brace help til surgery?

Have a possible torn meniscus, does a knee brace help til surgery?

Some: A serious knee brace helps people with an unstable knee prevent further knee damage until surgery is done. For just the meniscus tear, some people are more comfortable in a brace, but it's not "helping" the problem. That being said, it's not hurting either. Some of my patients like them, but I would not recommend paying a lot unless your knee has torn ligaments, . ...Read more

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What type knee brace would you suggest for a torn meniscus I've had surgery to fix it yet I still have a lot of instability issues?

What type knee brace would you suggest for a torn meniscus I've had surgery to fix it yet I still have a lot of instability issues?

Hinged brace + PT: The best braces to decrease the chances of having instability episodes are hinged knee braces. Even with these braces, however, you may still experience instability. Your best bet to decrease these episodes is to begin a focused exercise protocol to strengthen your quadriceps, hamstrings, and hip abductor & adductor muscles. I often prescribe physical therapy for these injuries. ...Read more

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Can I play football with a torn meniscus using a knee brace?

Can I play football with a torn meniscus using a knee brace?

No: I would strongly suggest that the tear be repaired and your post-op healing and rehab be complete before returning to the gridiron. ...Read more

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Is it safe to play football while wearing a knee brace for a torn meniscus?

Is it safe to play football while wearing a knee brace for a torn meniscus?

Knee brace: A knee brace can limit some excursion of the knee but it won't prevent catastrophic injuries or tears. ...Read more

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What is the best knee brace for post surgery meniscus tears. The brace issued to me feels to cause pain more so than relive it.

What is the best knee brace for post surgery meniscus tears. The brace issued to me feels to cause pain more so than relive it.

If you are: Having pain as a result of wearing your knee brace, contact your orthopedic surgeon or physical therapist and request a different one. ...Read more

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What kind of knee brace should I use I till I have MRI for what my dr thinks is a torn lateral ligament or meniscus please?

What kind of knee brace should I use I till I have MRI for what my dr thinks is a torn lateral ligament or meniscus please?

Knee immobilizer: This would be the least expensive and get the job done till you get the MRI and your dr diagnoses you. It will rest the knee for you. ...Read more

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What's the best way to recover from a torn meniscus in the knee?

What's the best way to recover from a torn meniscus in the knee?

Surgery?: The majority of meniscus tears in younger people are treated surgically. If the meniscus is torn in the correct spot, it can be repaired, unfortunately most require surgical excision of the tear. Rehab usually lasts 4-6 weeks after the surgery. ...Read more

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Torn meniscus with knee ulcer. What is best treatment?

Torn meniscus with knee ulcer. What is best treatment?

Need arthroscopy: Usually arthroscopy can fully determine and often treat a torn meniscus. Mri might be interpreted incorrectly and often a surgeon will either find the MRI not representing what they see during video arthroscopy. The ulcer however should be better explained as it can be due to a number of causes and treatment will vary depending on the cause. Find an orthopedic specialist who treats athletes. ...Read more

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What's after a full leg brace? I had vascular surgery and my meniscus is still ripped. What comes after this? Will I walk with a torn meniscus?

What's after a full leg brace? I had vascular surgery and my meniscus is still ripped. What comes after this? Will I walk with a torn meniscus?

Varies: It varies in part on the reason for the brace. A brace is not a standard treatment for your meniscal tear, so you may be wearing the brace for other reasons. Typical treatment for most meniscal tears is arthroscopic repair verses debridement, but you might not be a candidate for this based upon a recent vascular surgery. I would certainly discuss specifics of your case with your surgeons. ...Read more

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Meniscus tear, ligament tear, and vascular surgery. I'm on a full leg brace, what comes after this? Will I walk with a torn meniscus?

Meniscus tear, ligament tear, and vascular surgery. I'm on a full leg brace, what comes after this? Will I walk with a torn meniscus?

Severe injury: What was repaired,? If only the blood vessels you need to be in the hands of an experienced knee surgeon who can monitor the treatment, which will probably include additional surgery for the meniscus and ligament, to be followed by several months of rehabilatation. ...Read more

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How would wearing a knee-brace help with a pinched meniscus?

How would wearing a knee-brace help with a pinched meniscus?

Help negate reinjury: A pinched or torn meniscus can cause pain. The torn meniscus can get caught with motion across the joint as the loaded knee flexes and extends. This could cause further damage to the meniscus. The goal of the brace is to limit the risk of further injury or damage to the already injured meniscus. ...Read more

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If I have medial meniscus surgery will I have a knee brace after surgery?

If I have medial meniscus surgery will I have a knee brace after surgery?

Possibly or ace: Wrap. Discuss with your ortho. About what to expect after surgery. Take care! Http://www. Medicinenet. Com/script/main/mobileart. Asp? Articlekey=103662. ...Read more

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Is a sports knee brace recommended after meniscus surgery?

Is a sports knee brace recommended after meniscus surgery?

Not usually: Bracing after meniscus resection is not used. Bracing after meniscus repair is usually used for 4-6 weeks post operatively to limit flexion to 90 degrees while meniscus heals. After meniscus heals (about 6months), a functional brace for sports is not used. ...Read more

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Not sure if u have a lateral ligament or meniscus test, should I be wearing a stabalizing knee brace till mri?

Not sure if u have a lateral ligament or meniscus test, should I be wearing a stabalizing knee brace till mri?

Yes, or crutches.: It's always best to "treat for the worst" until a diagnosis is established, unless there are risk to therapy. If you are having acute pain, being non-weight bearing or braced could prevent further injury. ...Read more

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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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Have Medial Meniscus tear w/ cyst wearing hinged knee brace but calf is very painful What should I do?

How helpful is brace: If the brace is the source of the calf pain, but helps the knee, then an adjustment to the brace (size, fit, etc.) could be considered. Alternatively, a new brace could be utilized. Personally, I don't routinely use braces for meniscal tears unless there is a ligament tear as well or associated arthritis with a misaligned knee. Seek additional help if the brace is not the cause of the calf pain. ...Read more

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Knee pain and goes backwards when I walk. Had meniscus tears since 3 years ago and had pain since. Have a knee brace and crutches already, should I use them or Should I go to hospital? Is it anything to worry about. Swelling and pain.

Knee pain and goes backwards when I walk. Had meniscus tears since 3 years ago and had pain since. Have a knee brace and crutches already, should I use them or Should I go to hospital? Is it anything to worry about. Swelling and pain.

Meniscus tears: This doesn't sound like an emergency that would require you to go to the hospital. It would be reasonable to use the knee brace and/or crutches to stabilize the knee for now, and make an appointment to see your orthopedist. With your prior history of knee surgery, you may have meniscus tears again. It also sounds like your knee is hyperextending, suggesting ligamentous laxity. ...Read more

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I had a meniscus repair one yr ago wear a knee brace for instability had physical therapy 3 times constant pain what about knee replacement?

Unlikely: Knee replacement is done to treat arthritis of the knee. If you are 33 years old, it is unlikely that you have severe arthritis in your knee unless you had a major trauma in the past or have had multiple surgeries. Knee arthritis is easily diagnosed with a plain x-ray. This is where you should begin to see if you have evidence of arthritis. ...Read more

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I had a torn meniscus months ago and my knee feels the same it did before surg?

I had a torn meniscus months ago and my knee feels the same it did before surg?

2nd opinion: If you had surgery to repair your meniscus and you are not better either the problem was not effectively resolved or there are other contributing factors to explain your failure to recover. It could be due to residual synovitis, degenerative arthritis, traumatic arthritis or perhaps other causes. ...Read more

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Do steroids work on torn meniscus on knee?

Do steroids work on torn meniscus on knee?

Yes: The question is more likely will steroids make my knee stop hurting. Torn meniscus in someone in middle age is most likely degenerative in nature, in other words a component of the arthritic process. Reality is hard to know if the pain someone is having is only from the meniscus or from the overall degenerative joint disease. But a cortisone injection may help relieve the pain. ...Read more

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What happens if I don't undergo knee surgery for a torn meniscus?

What happens if I don't undergo knee surgery for a torn meniscus?

Time will tell: Not everyone who has a meniscus tear needs surgery. What happens to the meniscus if you don't do surgery is it will either get better and not bother you or it will interfere with your normal daily activities. Statistically, most meniscal tears don't heal. If you can do what you need and want to do, delay surgery. ...Read more

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What could happen if I don't get knee surgery for a torn meniscus?

What could happen if I don't get knee surgery for a torn meniscus?

Depends: It depends on the size, location, and tear pattern of the meniscus tear. It also depends on your age and activity level. The spectrum of nothing to continued damage to the articular cartilage and progression of arthritis. ...Read more

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I have a torn meniscus in my knee. Do I have to have surgery?

I have a torn meniscus in my knee. Do I have to have surgery?

No: A meniscus can heal on its own. This typically occurs in the first 6 weeks or so after injury. However, some tears become asymptomatic and can be managed with injections and physical therapy. If pain and swelling persist despite nsaids, pt, rest, injections, then usually a surgery is warranted depending on how much arthritis is in the joint. Speak to your ortho surgeon for more detail. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a torn meniscus? Is that the same as a knee sprain?

Not exactly: No technically a torn meniscus is not really a knee sprain. Sprains refer to injuring a ligament, in the knee this would refer to the acl/pcl or either of the collateral ligaments. Meniscus is a cartilage cushion but certainly can be torn. Honestly, unless you get an MRI there is no real way to know if you have torn your meniscus. But there are other reasons for your knee pain. ...Read more

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Clicking in my knee. Does this always signify a torn meniscus or only in some cases?

Clicking in my knee. Does this always signify a torn meniscus or only in some cases?

Knee click: Clicking in the knee most commonly signals improper patellar tracking. This is from imbalance in quadriceps strength & can be corrected with quad strengthening. This is usually noted when rising from a seated position or climbing stairs. A meniscal tear can cause clicking or locking of the joint if severe. This would be associated with a greater pain triggered by twisting movements of the knee. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Farr
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Knee Meniscus Tear (Definition)

A common knee injury in which the meniscus, a rubbery, C-shaped disc that cushions your knee, gets torn or stretched. Each knee has two menisci (plural of meniscus)-one at the outer edge of the knee and one at the inner edge. The menisci keep your knee steady by balancing your ...Read more


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Braces (Definition)

They are used in orthodontics. The braces are put onto the teeth at precise anatomical locations, and wire runs through the braces and brings teeth into proper alignment. This is a very short answer for a very ...Read more