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How To Tear Your Meniscus On Purpose
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
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
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
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
Rotation: Meniscus tears occur either a medial or a lateral force directed to a flexed knee. When the foot is planted and the knee is flexed and either internally or externally rotated, the meniscus becomes vulnerable to injury. At this point, the addition of a force applied to the lateral (or medial) aspect of the flexed knee may tear the medial (or lateral) meniscus. Medial tears are more common. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Unfortunately, we can tear the meniscal cartilage in the knee. In younger patients, this is usually the result of significant trauma, such as a sports injury. As we age, sometime a patient can tear the cartilage with minimal trauma or a twisting injury to the knee. Some patients cannot remember the exact injury to the knee, since at the time the injury did not seem significant. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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?
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