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Doctor insights on: Median Meniscus Tear

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Dr. Frederick Buechel
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Torn Meniscus (Definition)

In the knee joint there are two types of cartilage, articular cartilage and meniscal cartilage. The meniscus is a triangular shaped piece of fibro-cartilage that sits between the femur and tibia. The meniscus can tear as a result of injury or secondary degenerative changes that occur over time. Because the meniscus cartilage dies not have it's own blood supply, tears often ...Read more


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Can a meniscus tear heal on its own?

Can a meniscus tear heal on its own?

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

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How to know if I have meniscus tear?

How to know if I have meniscus tear?

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

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Can a meniscus tear heal after a week?

Not usually: 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

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Does a meniscus tear itch as it heals?

Does a meniscus tear itch as it heals?

Possibly: This is not a common symptom, but every person is different. Any time there is healing/inflammation involved, there may be associated itching. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a meniscus tear?

Diagnosis a meniscal: Google mcmurray's test. It often is a pain at the joint line area. Swelling is usually involved as well. Mri is helpful to diagnose it too, but not 100% accurate. ...Read more

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Does a meniscus tear have to be treated?

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

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How do I know if I have a meniscus tear?

Joint line pain: The most common physical finding is pain along the joint line. Clicking and locking are also common symptoms for unstable tears. Many patients will have some knee swelling and it may not always be easy to point to a specific site. A good doctors physical exam should be 90% accurate and if there is any question than an MRI is a great way to prove it. ...Read more

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Meniscus tear problems questions to ask?

Meniscus tear problems questions to ask?

Asking you doctor?: The most important questiosn to ask your doctor are: is anything else inured (ligament tears, arthritis)? Where is the tear located? Is it reparable or does it require rmoval of the torn piece. ...Read more

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How to tell if a meniscus tear is better?

How to tell if a meniscus tear is better?

Please see below: If you are sure there is meniscus tear you should do arthroscopy and take the torn portion out. ...Read more

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