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Can Mri Miss Meniscus Tear
Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more
Told I have a meniscus tear. Was 2 month before diagnosis. Now physio, minimal improvement after 4 wks of physio. Should I have a mri just in case?
How does one know if they have a torn meniscus? I had a MRI and it said I a displacement if the meniscus root does that mean a tear of the meniscus?
In MRI report, they told me lateral and medial meniscus tear. Can I get it corrected by excercise/medicine etc? How to confirm if I need surgery?
See ORS: A meniscus tear may feel better w/nsaids and pt but the meniscus will not heal w/this treatment. Turning, twisting and squatting activities may further tear the meniscus. They generally cause pain, sometimes popping or'catching' and swelling. See your ors. The tx. Of choice is arthroscopy w/meniscus repair vs. Resection. ...Read more
Do I expect to have surgery same day as MRI if I have a meniscus tear? Or would I have to wait? I need to figure this out before prom.
Not emergent: While it would be nice to have surgery the same day as an mri, it usually takes some number of days to get the MRI back, read by the radiologist or surgeon, determine if surgery is appropriate, and then schedule surgery. Surgery can be done soon, or it can be delayed for a period of time if your symptoms are manageable (and the tear is not too large). ...Read more
Mri results displacement of the meniscus root. Surgeon said it was just wear and tear but I think I have a meniscus tear due to the catching? Explain
?: Don't understand root of the menisc. But I assume it means the posterior attachment. If this is torn u will have catching and if big enough od the tear gets larger as they don't heal u will have catching or locking. I don't kno what 2 explain, it is a mechanical problem in the knee that needs 2 b addressed by arthroscopy. ...Read more
10 mths ago MRI showed grade 2 degen meniscus tear. New MRI results state no tear. Could it have healed? Knee was locking weekly up until 1 month ago.
Yes: Yes, meniscal tears can absolutely heal, and this at also be why you are not having your symptoms of knee locking anymore. Good news all around. ...Read more
2years ago an Mri showed meniscus tear it wasn't treated at all and now knee is swelled and is extremely painful can't stand on it what can I do, wrong?
Quick fix and more: See an orthopedic surgeon or a physiatrist. They can evaluate the knee. If appropriate, they can drain the fluid and that will give you some immediate relief. Use ice and a compression wrap which will also reduce the pain a bit. Use a cane or crutches so that you take some weight off the affected leg and try to walk without stressing the other leg or your back! But see the Doc, get a diagnosis. ...Read more
Is it still possible to have a meniscus tear and ligament tear even when the MRI scans show nothing?
This is a great question and a touchy subject.
1st of all, MRI cannot make the diagnosis 100% of the time even in the best of hands (with the top rad in the world). There are many technical limitations that come into play, the tear may be small or partial, and different magnets have varying quality.
Tears can be present and missed. Consider getting another opinion from an orthopedic radiologist. ...Read more
So I got the results from my MRI & its a meniscus tear the doctor going to shave it off hope it helps?
Routinely helpful: Sucessful relieving activity related swelling and or locking catching symptoms if no other damage ...Read more
Thanks for advice on here, I had mri shown lateral meniscus tear heading to ortho in a week. What should I expect, same leg as previous TTT?
Arthroscopy: The orthopedist may suggest an arthroscopic repair. This would be the most logical approach. Any subsequent therapy would come after a full objective examination of the joint space. ...Read more
What are the symptoms of a meniscus tear? What does it mean when a MRI says a displacement at the meniscus root? Does that cause a knee to lock?
Giving way: Meniscal tears usually cause mechanical instability. The primary symptom is buckling or giving out. A displaced meniscus can cause the knee to lock. The meniscal root is where it attaches either in the front or back of the knee. Depending on your age it can be repaired or removed but is almost always a surgical treatment. See a good orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
So a medial extrusion would mean a meniscus tear? Please help explain this to me? I have conflicting report on two mri? Doctor hasn't really helped
Yes: Medial extrusion usually refers to the meniscus and would hurt on the side or back of your knee. Pain in front is usually related to your knee cap...And likely due to wear and tear. ...Read more
I had a knee scope to fix a torn meniscus in february. I still had pain 6 months later so I had another MRI which showed another tear on the other sid?
Can I have chronic lateral meniscus tear or lateral meniscocapsular separation even if the MRI was normal?
It is possible: MRI results are not 100% accurate. Meniscocapsular junction tears can be hard to identify on MRI. Your symptoms and what you are experiencing as well as your clinical exam are important to determine your exact diagnosis even with an MRI. I always tell my patients as an orthopedic surgeon I treat patients, I don't treat MRI's. ...Read more
Does medial meniscus tear get worser at night? And does it cause a "pulsation" feeling just behind the knee? I have knee MRI also. Thanks.
Bucket handle meniscus tear never showed on MRI, just had surgery and my Doctor was SHOCKED...this was after 6 months of treatment...why??? Pain!
MRI: Even the best tests can miss diagnoses ...Read more
Had surgery 5 mo ago for meniscus tear. Still having complications - should doc order MRI or continue with injections such as cortisone & euflexxa?
Knee Problems: You mention that you had meniscus surgery, but also note that you have had cortisone and euflexxa injections. Why? At age 35 you are young to have degenerative changes. Complications covers a lot of things and usually implies that things didn't go as planned. If you have pre-existing arthritis then you are going to need to deal with that. Are you overweight? Really we need more information. ...Read more
Is it possible that I can have a torn meniscus and or ligament tear even though the MRI came back clean? I am constantly have knee pain and buckling
I had arthroscopic surgery for a meniscus tear in 08. No problems since. I had a direct fall in feb MRI shows chondromalacia. Is this pre existing?
YES: Chondromalasia takes time to develop. Not an acute problem ...Read more
So I went to get an MRI done but the doc hasn't called to tell me the results he thinks its an meniscus tear or bone tumor the pain is so bad?
these are painful: Obviously you bear weight across your knee and it bends with every step do either of these conditions are going to be painful. Certainly they call for different treatments which your surgeon will explain to you. ...Read more
MRI:linear signal extending2inferior articular surface w/in posterior horn of medial meniscus could rep sm meniscus tear inClinicalSetting" What mean?
Tear in meniscus: You have a small tear in your medial meniscus. In some cases small tears can heal, I would discuss directly with an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
According to MRI, I have a medial meniscus tear with cysts under or on my kneecap. I have scheduled appt with ortho, until I'm seen, which activities should I avoid?
Nothing strenuous: No heavy lifting, bending, or aerobics. Make the appointment. ...Read more
Does only a MRI confirm a meniscus tear? Is there any other test to confirm that? Locking knee joint when sitting and raise the knee straight
It's the best: A meniscus does not show on an x-ray. The history and physical exam can really help make the diagnosis. An arthrogram, dye and air injected into the knee used to be used to help decide if a tear is present or not. Painful test, often inconclusive, and frankly just about a lost art. An MRI is fast, painless, and rarely wrong. Mris are usually done prior to suggesting surgery. ...Read more
Is it possible to have a meniscus tear even though the MRI comes back clean? I still experience severe pain when walking and knee buckles and pops
Yes, it is possible: 25% of lateral meniscus tears are missed on mri. It is the job of your treating orthopedic surgeon to correlate MRI findings with your symptoms. Sometimes surgery is recommended despite relatively negative MRI findings. On the other hand, your symptoms may have nothing to do with your meniscus. Popping and buckling are not specific to meniscus problems. ...Read more
Women 42 MRI result complex horizontal entire lateral meniscus tear severe pain on and off in Rt knee while walking & standing for long Treatment pls
You should: See an orhtopedic surgeon for evaluation, you likely need athroscopy. ...Read more
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?!
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
Acl surgery about 15 months back, again 3 months meniscus tear on interior took MRI and doctor said its ok to continue soccer, but pain n swelling?
Pain& swelling notok:
If it is painful and swollen then something is not rigth and to cont to play on it is less than a good idea
you should re discuss with your surgeon or seek another opinion. ...Read more
Mri shows I have torn ACL & meniscus tear. Tear was repaired in oct'13. My knee keeps giving out & I keep falling. I am 68.Is ACL surgery safe for me?
24 female, mri: medial meniscus tear (i've had for 10yrs) mild chondromalacia. Knees ache most when seated. Could strengthening/pt substitute surgery?
Absolutely: Nonoperative treatments like strengthening and therapy are always the first choice before surgery. When you have given these a real effort, and are still bothered by your complaints, then the only real option to get better may be to have the 20 min scope procedure and move on. Give it an honest try and then decide if surgery is right for you. ...Read more
I have arthritrse with bone on bone. I recently twisted my knees and the MRI say a possible tear in meniscus. But the orthopedic specialist says he would not trim the meniscus tear because of my bone on bone condition and suggested synvisc. Is that a ri
I have a cyst in my left knee close to the medial meniscus. There is no meniscus tear (confirmed via MRI & arthroscopy). Could it be a ganglion cyst?
I twisted my knee and heard a big loud pop when bowling. Just went to Dr. To get the MRI results. Complex meniscus tear w much cartlidge gone. He gave me a cortisone injection, but also mentioned I would likey end up needing knee replacement. I'm so conf
Painful cyst in left knee adjacent to posterior horn of medial meniscus. No meniscus tear (confirmed via MRI & arthroscopy). Treatment options?
Most cysts in the back of the knee are due to knee joint causes, which improve as the causes is treated. So my recommendations would be:
1: do nothing except maybe pain meds, for 3 months; if no improvement, then;
2: aspiration (removing fluid) under ultrasonic guidance for fluid/needle biopsy; or;
3: removal of the cyst through the back of the knee, to get tissue for biopsy. ...Read more
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
Can a MRI show a bakers cyst? I have a lot of painful grinding in the knee with catching at the medial knee joint line. Could that be a meniscus tear?
Hx:antiphospholipid antibodies, low platelets & sle. My MRI showed a medial meniscus tear extending to the inf art surface. Any treatment ideas?
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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