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How Can You Tear Your Meniscus
Pain in the knee: Few things for diagnosis of meniscal tear including, clicking of the knee when trying to move it, the knee is stuck in one position and will not move, pain right over the joint line on either the inside or the outside of the knee, and swelling are all common. ...Read more
Not Likely!: I can't imagine anyone wanting to tear the meniscus in their knee on purpose. Quite painful and significantly debilitating in the short term depending on the extent. Usually one tears their meniscus by accident while trying to go one way and their knee going awkwardly in another direction. For example, like planting your foot and twisting in the opposite direction for a kick. ...Read more
Possible: There are several types of meniscal tears (see pic). Some meniscal tears occur with acute injury and some as degenerative changes (over time). A deep squat could cause injury, or cause irritation of a tear from another source. Common symptoms include pain, swelling, clicking/ popping, locking/ catching, giving way, and/ or limited range of motion. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you tear your meniscus by stepping off of a stool? Did this two weeks ago with pain back of my knee, told could be meniscus or quad tear. MRI 3/18
Meniscus tear: can often occur through trauma. Many times tissue is weak and one last move can produce symptoms. Please see your doc. There is a good prognosis for this. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Rotational force on : Most tears of the meniscus occur from a rotational force on the knee joint. Surprisingly, this force does not need to be that great to cause a tear of the meniscus. Perfect example is sitting cross legged(indian style), is enough force to tear it. ...Read more
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
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
Usually won't heal: The meniscus is a 'shock absorber' made of cartilage that sits inside the knee. There is one on the inside and one on the outside of the knee. As opposed to your skin which has good blood supply to it, the meniscus has very poor blood supply. For this reason the meniscus usually does not heal. If you have a torn meniscus and pain you should see your local orthopedist to discuss options. ...Read more
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