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How To Avoid Tears In Discoid Meniscus
Right side or left?: If it is your left knee, you can probably drive very shortly after surgery as long as you are not taking narcotic. If it is your right knee, it will be at least a week before you can drive, as it would be risky to have to hit the break too soon after surgery, and you would be a risk to yourself and everyone else on the road. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have discoid meniscus w/o tear (mri xray and surgeon 2nd opinion) so when it does tear how will the pain progress. Does workout increase tear poss?
No medial/lateral meniscal tear, no discoid meniscus. There is small focus of type I intrameniscal signal within the posterior horn of medial meniscus?
Grade 1 meniscal: signal USUALLY means that there is no meniscal tear. However, it's not 100% accurate. Grade 1 and 2 intrameniscal signal are tricky and have sometimes been associated with actual tears at arthroscopy. Or, your meniscus may be normal and your knee pain may be caused by something else. If your knee continues to hurt a lot, seek ortho advice. You might require arthroscopy to be certain. ...Read more
The MRI suggests : complete discoid lateral meniscus with oblique tear in ant horn. Grade 2 signal involving body and posterior horn of med meniscus?
Discoid meniscus: Discoid meniscus is a developmental variant in which your meniscus (supporting cushion within the knee) is abnormally large and is predisposed to being torn. Meniscal tears may result in pain and joint locking, and may eventually lead to early osteoarthritis. You should discuss your options with an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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 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
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 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
Can you re-tear a repaired meniscus? I had it repaired 14 months ago, and just this week it started to twinge.
Only if Trauma: Yes you can retear if you have new injury in the joint involved,But without trauma a spontaneous tear is unlikely after 14 months.If the pain persists or gets worse,get it checked ...Read more
How easy is it to tear your meniscus? I am not going to do this. I was just wondering because my friend tore his yesterday but i saw him yesterday.
It depends: The meniscus in a young person is thick and strong like rubber. In an older person it thins out and the substance of it is not as strong. A young person needs a very high energy twisting type of injury. An older person might get the tear from walking or going up/down stairs or squatting. Not all tears are the same and small frayed edges (small tears) are more common than large. ...Read more
How can you tell how much of your meniscus is torn? Can you tell without invasion test? Had meniscus tears for 4 years and 2 ops and torn it again?
Is there an underlying cause to numerous meniscus tears over time? I'm a healthy, active 32 year old female who has had multiple tears over 14 years
No specific cause: There is not likely a specific underlying cause. Once a knee has an injury, it is no longer a stable as it once was and has a higher risk of re-injury. As you injury it multiple times that re-injury risk goes up. At times genetics can play a role as can being involved in the same activities that caused the injury in the first place. Furthermore, body mechanics can be a factor. ...Read more
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