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Bilateral Meniscus Tear
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
Yes, it can, BUT it-:
Is rather unlikely, as they generally don't, unless the tear is a minor one. I don't think they heal but they certainly become symptom-free.
Surgery can help certain types of the tears by repairing them which are dependent on the specific site they occur in. Most are however not amenable to repair. ...Read more
You can't: A medical professional should be able to give you a working diagnosis regarding likely or not likely a 3rd degree sprain, or full tear. Without MRI or arthroscopy, we can only be mostly correct regarding damaged meniscus or not. Being able to walk on that leg does not rule out torn meniscus, nor does the absence of swelling. The pain will eventually subside even with treatment. ...Read more
Most tears do not heal.
Only the outer third of the meniscus has a blood supply to heal itself but this is not the common way they tear.
But, it is common for some small tears to calm down after a week or two and they can be asymptomatic for weeks or months, sometimes years with little tears. ...Read more
U would only know U-: -have a torn meniscus if U have already seen an orthopedic surgeon, a you would have got if you were having symptoms. So if you have locking, giving way, pain planting your bad leg & pivoting, you are doing damage 2 the joint surface which can lead 2 life long problems. Whether you have surgery is up 2 you. After recommendations, it is up 2 U 2 decide, not anyone else. ...Read more
Depends: A meniscus tear will not heal itself, though this does not mean it will always be symptom producing. Discuss your options with your physician. ...Read more
Probably: In general, meniscus tears do not heal. As stress across the injured area persists, a small tear can propagate in to a bigger one, much like a crack in the windshield of a car. This may vary with the location and type of tear and the type of activity the knee is enduring. If symptoms persist, treatment is recommended. ...Read more
No.: Usually a displaced meniscus refers to a tear in the body of the meniscus that has moved out of its normal position. A root tear is a detachment of the posterior root of the meniscus ...Read more
Lots of options: Sometimes it can be as easy as leaving it alone and doing some exercises to help the knee joint unload. Other times it might involve surgery. I would see an orthopedic surgeon to assess your status. There have been some recent advances in the stem cell therapy that might be helpful in healing the tear rather than cutting it out in surgery. Look into regenexx. ...Read more
Sometimes: That depends upon the location and the type of tear. Small tears that are close to the outside edge of the meniscus may heal by their own. Tears closer to the inner free edge of the meniscus probably will not. ...Read more