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If you tore your meniscus is it safe to walk on it?

If you tore your meniscus is it safe to walk on it?

It may get worse.: A small meniscus tear heals by itself. The tear can progress in size and can cause locking of the knee. It then needs surgical excision or reapair. ...Read more

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Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


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I think i tore my meniscus six years ago my knee was black and blue swollen and warm to the touch could barely walk on it just recently knelt on it and had a sharp pain go through it.

I think i tore my meniscus six years ago my knee was black and blue swollen and warm to the touch could barely walk on it just recently knelt on it and had a sharp pain go through it.

MRI: A large swollen knee is more likely an acl tear or an injury to the ligaments that stabilize the knee cap. In any case if this is still bothering you after six years you should get an MRI to look for structural damage. ...Read more

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If you have a torn meniscus in your knee does it tear more if you walk on it?

If you have a torn meniscus  in your knee does it tear more if you walk on it?

Depends on…: Location of tear & degree of tear & types of activities u r involved in. Actions that involve rapid change of direction on weight-bearing knee can exacerbate injury. Simple walking shouldn't cause problems unless a piece of cartilage tears free (joint mouse) & catches, causing decreased range of motion. Follow up with orthopedic/sports medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Can I go to work with a possible torn meniscus? It's a restaurant so I have to be on my feet. The pain is mild and I can walk pretty well.

Can I go to work with a possible torn meniscus? It's a restaurant so I have to be on my feet. The pain is mild and I can walk pretty well.

Yes: If pain is mild and walking causes no discomfort, standing is permissible. Try to take breaks often and elevate your leg if possible. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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Torn meniscus 7 months ago. Typically If I have surgery will I be allowed to walk on the affected leg right away? Have osteoarthritis also.

Torn meniscus 7 months ago. Typically  If I have surgery will I be allowed to walk on the affected leg right away? Have osteoarthritis also.

No: Meniscal repairs in an osteoarthritic knee provide little or no long term benefit. You will likely need crutches for a short period if you do have the surgery. ...Read more

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Torn meniscus x 2 lateral and cyst found after 15 mths swelling on and off mri last week dr wants operate 6 th october any alternative i can walk?

Torn meniscus x 2 lateral and cyst found after 15 mths swelling on and off mri last week dr wants operate 6 th october any alternative i can walk?

Meniscus tear: Obviously a meniscus tear is not a life-threatening condition, so one option is to observe. After 15 months of persistent pain/swelling, things are unlikely to improve, especially if there is locking/ catching of the knee. Other non-operative options include bracing, physical therapy, injections, and activity modification. These may not provide long term benefit, but could be tried before surgery ...Read more

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I don't know what's wrong with my knee. It sometimes hurts to walk. It becomes stiff sometimes. But sometimes it's ok. Torn meniscus maybe? Hope not.

I don't know what's wrong with my knee. It sometimes hurts to walk. It becomes stiff sometimes. But sometimes it's ok. Torn meniscus maybe? Hope not.

Knee pain: You may have a meniscus tear in your knee. This is the lining of the joint. Sometimes a little piece gets caught and causes pain and stiffness, then it releases and everything is fine. I suggest you start with seeing your regular doctor and go from there. ...Read more

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Have torn meniscus was advised but trainer at health club that I could walk on treadmill if I raised the incline to .5. Not good to walk on flat tread?

Have torn meniscus was advised but trainer at health club that I could walk on treadmill if I raised the incline to .5. Not good to walk on flat tread?

Torn meniscus: With any meniscal tear ,avoiding activities which increase pressure on the knee ( and can possibly increase the amount of meniscal tearing) such as kneeling,squatting,crawling,crouching, pivoting,running ,jumping. Is helpful. Walking on the flat or with a small incline is typically okay.. ...Read more

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My mother had an arthroscopy torn meniscus a month ago but she still unable to walk for more than 5 mintues without pain she can't bend as well?

My mother had an arthroscopy torn meniscus a month ago but she still unable to walk for more than 5 mintues without pain she can't bend as well?

Postsurgical pain: Arthroscopic surgery is not without risk and one of those risks is pain and possible some instability thus, it is important to have physical therapy and have pain managed. The other issue is eliminating that underlying cause of tore meniscus which usually is degenerative and then obesity. ...Read more

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R knee has bulging/torn meniscus history of bursitis now suffering chronic stabbing pain. Meniscus or bursitis? Can't walk on l leg due to multiple probs

R knee has bulging/torn meniscus history of bursitis now suffering chronic stabbing pain. Meniscus or bursitis? Can't walk on l leg due to multiple probs

Go visit your doctor: Bulging in the knee can arise from either bursitis, or a cyst related to a torn meniscus. Bursitis typically occurs directly over the knee cap (patella). A cyst will typically occur over the inside or outside portion of the knee (in relation to whichever meniscus is torn). In either case your doctor can help you overcome your symptoms, or direct you to another diagnosis. ...Read more

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Friend had torn meniscus surgery and when he walks on his foot, his calf hurts. He says it only hurts when he walks on it. What is making it hurt?

Friend had torn meniscus surgery and when he walks on his foot, his calf hurts. He says it only hurts when he walks on it. What is making it hurt?

Not sure: Your friend needs to be re- examined by his/ her orthopedic surgeon. An ' answer' in this forum is pure speculation w/out examination of your friend.Calf pain could be due to gastroc. 'soreness', fluid leaking into the back of the knee post-operatively; blood clots is a more serious cause if calf pain. Have him see his/ her ors or go to the E.R. If pain is worsening. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Could you walk normally after a meniscus tear?

Could you walk normally after a meniscus tear?

Sometimes.: You could have a meniscus and still walk normally. It depends on the type of tear and the location. ...Read more

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I had my meniscus repaired 6 days ago and seem to be getting conflicting advice on whether to walk without crunches possible with a limp elevate?

I had my meniscus repaired 6 days ago and seem to be getting conflicting advice on whether to walk without crunches possible with a limp elevate?

Repaired or removed: Depends. If removal can weight bear as tolerated and get rid of crutches when able. If repaired, different story. Takes at least 6 weeks to heal. Must limit the amount of bending. Must use brace. Crutches for the first few weeks. ...Read more

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When will i be able to walk normally after meniscus surgery?

3-4 weeks: If it is simple surgery taking out tear part of the meniscus about 3-4 weeks. If you have repair of the meniscus it take longer. ...Read more

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I just had meniscus repair surgery, how long before i can walk?

I just had meniscus repair surgery, how long before i can walk?

Meniscus repair: It depends on the severity, size, and location of the tear. The safest taking is to stay on crutches and discuss plan with your doctor. ...Read more

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I just had meniscus repair surgery how long until I can walk on it?

I just had meniscus repair surgery how long until I can walk on it?

After few days: Patients are given crutches, and instructed to walk with the crutches. Most often, patients will be allowed to place weight on the operated leg so long as the knee is held fully straight (either with a knee immobilizer or a hinged knee brace locked in extension). ...Read more

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