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Heat Good Meniscus Tears
After RICE for my torn meniscus, the swelling has gone down after about 4 days. Should I now apply heat to my injury. ?
Knee pain. Told it was torn meniscus. "Let it heal" it hasn't. Swollen, pain worse. No ins till April 1st. Tried ice and heat. Lots of Motrin. Any suggestions. I'm trying to avoid the er till ins kicks in but it's becoming intolerable.
Linear tear of posterior horn of medial meniscus, was painful few weeks ago, now it feels is getting better can this be possible is good or bad?
Yes: Symptoms related to a meniscal tear can improve with time depending on the type tear that is present. A linear tear as you have described is just such a tear. You may be able to treat this conservatively and never require surgery. A "bucket handle" tear on the other hand typically does not get better with time. None will actually "heal" with time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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Straight leg easier: When walking, place your foot in front of your body, landing on the outer heel of your foot. Your foot should land on either side of an imaginary line, and your toe should be pointed at 45 degree angle from the ground. Land with your leg straight, and keep it straight until after the leg has passed behind you. When your leg is behind your body, push off with your big toe forcing your body forward. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My daughter has a grade 3 pcl tear and meniscus tear. They won't do surgery for pcl because her growth plates aren't closed. Is this a good idea?
Yes: I don't know how old your daughter is or how athletic she is. This is an unusual injury. ( hit dashboard, fell hard on knee ..?). Non operative tx. for PCL is probably indicated. If she really has a meniscus tear then have it scoped and fixed. Quad strengthening and bracing should be helpful until she's thru growth. She may never need it reconstructed if it's truly isolated.I perform arthroscopic ...Read more
Rare but can occur: The goal of partial meniscectomy is to negate the symptoms of pain, catching and swelling that are common with a torn meniscus. When a portion of meniscus is removed, there is less left to possibly tear again, so it makes sense that retear becomes less likely. A partially respected meniscus, however, may still have remnants of less than normal tissue that can be susceptible to retear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not always.: The goal of arthroscopy for treating a meniscus tear is to remove the portion that is causing the symptoms (pain, swelling, & catching). The remaining meniscus is usually stable & less likely to retear because the unstable portion has been removed. A good analogy is trimming a hangnail to avoid propagation of the tear and prevention of further injury (except arthroscopy is performed under water). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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