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Doctor insights on: Is Heat Usually Good Or Bad For Meniscus Tears

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After RICE for my torn meniscus, the swelling has gone down after about 4 days. Should I now apply heat to my injury. ?

After RICE for my torn meniscus, the swelling has  gone down after about 4 days.  Should I now apply heat to my injury. ?

That gets your knee-: -guieted down, now you need careful eval by an orthopedic surgeon to decide on a plan of care. Anywhere from watching to surgery. ...Read more

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Linear tear of posterior horn of medial meniscus, was painful few weeks ago, now it feels is getting better can this be possible is good or bad?

Linear tear of posterior horn of medial meniscus, was painful few weeks ago, now it feels is getting better can this be possible is good or bad?

Yes: Symptoms related to a meniscal tear can improve with time depending on the type tear that is present. A linear tear as you have described is just such a tear. You may be able to treat this conservatively and never require surgery. A "bucket handle" tear on the other hand typically does not get better with time. None will actually "heal" with time. ...Read more

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My daughter has a grade 3 pcl tear and meniscus tear. They won't do surgery for pcl because her growth plates aren't closed. Is this a good idea?

My daughter has a grade 3 pcl tear and meniscus tear. They won't do surgery for pcl because her growth plates aren't closed. Is this a good idea?

Yes: I don't know how old your daughter is or how athletic she is. This is an unusual injury. ( hit dashboard, fell hard on knee ..?). Non operative tx. for PCL is probably indicated. If she really has a meniscus tear then have it scoped and fixed. Quad strengthening and bracing should be helpful until she's thru growth. She may never need it reconstructed if it's truly isolated.I perform arthroscopic ...Read more

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What are good physical therapy exercises post arthroscopic surgery due to a meniscus tear?

What are good physical therapy exercises post arthroscopic surgery due to a meniscus tear?

Straight leg easier: When walking, place your foot in front of your body, landing on the outer heel of your foot. Your foot should land on either side of an imaginary line, and your toe should be pointed at 45 degree angle from the ground. Land with your leg straight, and keep it straight until after the leg has passed behind you. When your leg is behind your body, push off with your big toe forcing your body forward. ...Read more

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So I went to get an MRI done but the doc hasn't called to tell me the results he thinks its an meniscus tear or bone tumor the pain is so bad?

these are painful: Obviously you bear weight across your knee and it bends with every step do either of these conditions are going to be painful. Certainly they call for different treatments which your surgeon will explain to you. ...Read more