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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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Could you suggest the best position and props to achieve most comfort while sleeping with torn meniscus?

Could you suggest the best position and props to achieve most comfort while sleeping with torn meniscus?

It depends: There are 2 menisci in the knee, medial and lateral. Tears can be anterior (in the front) or posteriorly (in the back). The most common tear is medial and posterior. Sleeping with the knee partially propped up in flexion will work, but your knee will typically tell you what feels best. If it continues to interfere with sleep and activites of daily living, you shuld have it treated (arthroscopy). ...Read more

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Can you suggest the best position and props to achieve the most comfort while sleeping with a torn meniscus?

Dr. Ayo Adu Dr. Adu
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Can you suggest the best position and props to achieve the most comfort while sleeping with a torn meniscus?

Any position: The discomfort from a torn meniscus is aggravated by weight-bearing, so sleeping with your feet up and knees slightly bent should decrease your pain. ...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 is best excerse for torn meniscus that can't be repaired because of arthritis is hydro therapy good what kind of excerise can I do to help pain?

What is best excerse for torn meniscus that can't be repaired because of arthritis is hydro therapy good what kind of excerise can I do to help pain?

Lower impact: Low impact exercises that emphasize repetition and endurance would be best. Good examples include walking, exercise bicycles, ellipticals, stair master. Use pain as your guide. Regularly stretching is also good for flexibility and range of motion. ...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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What exercise can I do while waiting to get torn meniscus surgery?

What exercise can I do while waiting to get torn meniscus surgery?

Gentle: Walking, stationary bike with the seat up high, slow swimming with a flutter kick.

Avoid squats, twisting, lunges. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for a torn meniscus?

What's the treatment for a torn meniscus?

Is it painful?: If it is, you need to see an orthopedic surgeon who can perform an arthroscopic meniscectomy. However, there are a few people who can live with the tear due to minimal discomfort. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for a torn meniscus?

What are the treatments for a torn meniscus?

Usually surgery: If a meniscus is known to be torn and causing pain and problems it is probably best to have your knee scoped and the cartilage either repaired or trimmed off. There are reports of injections such as prp being used for meniscus tears but there is not any good evidence that it will help. ...Read more

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Is torn cartilage the same as a torn meniscus?

Is torn cartilage the same as a torn meniscus?

Yes: The meniscus is a type of cartilage in the knee. In middle-age patients, it can tear during a twisting injury, from exercise or simply due to degeneration. The other type of cartilage in the knee is the articular/hyaline cartilage. This is the type that covers the bone, and when it degrades, we label it as "arthritis." If I can help, then join my care team at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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Will a tens unit help or harm a torn meniscus?

Neither: A tens unit is not prescribed for healing purposes - it is prescribed for symptommatic treatment, i.e. To reduce pain. Therefore, it would not be expected to have any physical effect on a torn meniscus. ...Read more

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What kind of surgery is done or torn meniscus and tendons?

What kind of surgery is done or torn meniscus and tendons?

Arthroscopy: For a torn meniscus that requires surgery - arthroscopy - but not all torn meniscus require surgery. For a torn tendon - it depends. Some require open surgical repair but others can be treated by non operative methods. ...Read more

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How serious of an injury is a torn meniscus and pulled acl?

How serious of an injury is a torn meniscus and pulled acl?

Bad, you need fix it: More you wait the more fibrosis you will get the harder and dealy the healing. ...Read more

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Would if be okay to run a lot after surgery for a torn meniscus?

Yes, but do as your: Surgeon tells you. Once healing is complete, you can resume training. Almost all athletes do so but after proper training and after clearance from the surgeon. Premature return can result in serious injury and would delay the return to all physical activities.
So heed your orthopod's advise. ...Read more

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Are there any side effects from surgery to repair a torn meniscus?

Are there any side effects from surgery to repair a torn meniscus?

No realy: Repair of the meniscus help the joint stay healthy avoid arthritis in the future. The only side effect the side effects from the procedure itself, all surgeries have potential complications. ...Read more

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Had surgery for a torn meniscus - what post-op exercises should I do?

Had surgery for a torn meniscus - what post-op exercises should I do?

Quad exercises: Any trauma to the knee (including surgery or arthroscopy) can cause quad inhibition, where the quad muscles stop functioning normally. It is most important to retrain them to work properly. Walking without a limp, exercise bicycle, stairclimbing, lunges, and squats are all excellent ways. Isometrics (holding the knee straight for long periods) is another excellent exercise. ...Read more

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What should I do about continued pain after surgery for a torn meniscus?

What should I do about continued pain after surgery for a torn meniscus?

Eval: Find out why it still hurts. If the meniscus was trimmed or repaired properly, then it generally doesn't hurt. Persistent pain can be from improper trim or repair with residual tear, a new tear or injury, or from arthritis unrelated to the meniscus tear. Depending on your age, arthritis is the most likely possibility. ...Read more

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What is the period of time it takes for a partially torn meniscus to heal?

What is the period of time it takes for a partially torn meniscus to heal?

6 to 8 weeks: It depends on the anatomical location of the torn meniscus. If it close to the peripheral vascular zone then it has a good chance to heal. If it is in the inner third nonvascular zone then the chances of healing are poor. ...Read more

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I'm having torn meniscus surgery I don't want to be intubated. Is this normal?

I'm having torn meniscus surgery I don't want to be intubated. Is this normal?

See below: Depending upon your underlying medical conditions other types of surgical anesthetic options for this procedure include local, regional, and spinal anesthesia besides the general anesthesia. There are benefis risks and alternatives of all the above check with your anesthesiologist and surgeon. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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How will I know what does a torn meniscus have to do with genetically modified foods?

Nothing?: I am not aware of any correlation between geneticaly engineered foods and meniscus tears. ...Read more

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I was taking vicodin 5-550 for a torn meniscus. Now I have 5-325 and it is not working. Why?

I was taking vicodin 5-550 for a torn meniscus. Now I have 5-325 and it is not working. Why?

Add adjuvant agent: In some patients, the use of an opioid drug alone may cause intolerable side effects or provide inadequate pain relief. To avoid this problem, the use of adjuvant (co-analgesic) nonopioid agents along with an opioid is encouraged to reduce the amount of the single opioid needed. Examples are oral corticosteroids, tricyclic antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and skeletal muscle relaxants. ...Read more

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I'm getting an arthroscopy to repair possible torn meniscus, how long will I need to wait until I can exercise?

I'm getting an arthroscopy to repair possible torn meniscus, how long will I need to wait until I can exercise?

Depends: If your meniscus is amenable to repair, you will usually be non-weight bearing for 4-6 wks. Early therapy will focus on range of motion. Follow your surgeon's instructions. ...Read more

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After doing pt for bad flare up of torn meniscus twisted it during a workout been painful since. Wait how long before considering other treatments?

Knee surgery: Assuming you have an MRI documented meniscal tear, and you have tried PT without improvement I think you should have a frank discussion with your surgeon about the risks and benefits of meniscal surgery; whether it needs to be resected partially (partial meniscectomy) or repaired. ...Read more

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I have a torn meniscus & significant arthiritis & my dr refuses to do surgery because it would be challenging due to my size. What do I do? 326 lbs

I have a torn meniscus & significant arthiritis & my dr refuses to do surgery because it would be challenging due to my size. What do I do? 326 lbs

See below: There are several options. The first is weight loss. Improving your size would make your knee less prone to damage and make surgery more successful. The other option is a second opinion. ...Read more

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Is it normal for leg length to increase after torn meniscus surgery?

Is it normal for leg length to increase after torn meniscus surgery?

No: Meniscal treatment will not result in leg lengthening. You may feel a difference in the leg, but it isn't a change in length. The meniscus is a soft tissue bumper that even if removed doesn't change leg length. ...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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sleep (Definition)

Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more