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Is Heat Usually Good Or Bad For Meniscus Tears
After RICE for my torn meniscus, the swelling has gone down after about 4 days. Should I now apply heat to my injury.?
Knee pain. Told it was torn meniscus. "Let it heal" it hasn't. Swollen, pain worse. No ins till April 1st. Tried ice and heat. Lots of Motrin. Any suggestions. I'm trying to avoid the er till ins kicks in but it's becoming intolerable.
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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Probably not: It is very common for someone your age to have a degenerative meniscus tear. There's a good chance you have arthritis as well. An occasional cortisone injection (max. 3/year) can relieve pain and inflammation. There are other injection options. I would only recommend a knee scope (arthroscopy) if you have persistent and significant swelling or if the meniscus tear is "locking" the joint. ...Read more
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 PCL r ...Read more
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
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
Is it ok to play rugby 4 days after an second degree MCL and meniscus tear little swelling some bruising I have a brace it dosent hurt that bad?
I have a mucoid degeneration of my rear horn meniscus. My Knee was swollen. Now looks good. Is, (racing) cycling doing bad to my knee?
Not likely: You are describing a degenerative process. Many folks have the same with no symptoms. Key to know if you are hurting yourself is if pain is getting worse or you have mechanical locking and catching. If yes, time to take care of it by an orthopaedic surgeon ...Read more
I am a runner but have a meniscus tear, my doctor thinks it’s degenerative from use, and age. Is that true?
Yes, it can, BUT it-:
Is rather unlikely, as they generally don't, unless the tear is a minor one. I don't think they heal but they certainly become symptom-free.
Surgery can help certain types of the tears by repairing them which are dependent on the specific site they occur in. Most are however not amenable to repair. ...Read more
You can't: A medical professional should be able to give you a working diagnosis regarding likely or not likely a 3rd degree sprain, or full tear. Without MRI or arthroscopy, we can only be mostly correct regarding damaged meniscus or not. Being able to walk on that leg does not rule out torn meniscus, nor does the absence of swelling. The pain will eventually subside even with treatment. ...Read more
Most tears do not heal.
Only the outer third of the meniscus has a blood supply to heal itself but this is not the common way they tear.
But, it is common for some small tears to calm down after a week or two and they can be asymptomatic for weeks or months, sometimes years with little tears. ...Read more
U would only know U-: -have a torn meniscus if U have already seen an orthopedic surgeon, an you would have got if you were having symptoms. So if you have locking, giving way, pain planting your bad leg & pivoting, you are doing damage 2 the joint surface which can lead 2 life long problems. Whether you have surgery is up 2 you. After recommendations it is up 2 U 2 decide, not anyone else. ...Read more
Many ways: Twisting when knee flexed @ about 30 degrees, worse if u r struck from the side in this position. Twisting in a deep knee squat, again worse if struck while in this position. Also twisting while walking on uneven ground. There r more ways but these r common mechanism of injury. ...Read more