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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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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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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