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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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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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Tips for relieving knee meniscus tear pain? Would ice help? Sometimes locks on me too!

Tips for relieving knee meniscus tear pain? Would ice help? Sometimes locks on me too!

Meniscal tear: Ice would help, strengthening your quads and hamstrings will help was well, gentle stretching too ...Read more

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I had a meniscectomy a year ago for a painful right knee meniscus tear. My knee still hurts and pops. Do I need to have a revision? I had to pay cash.

I had a meniscectomy a year ago for a painful right knee meniscus tear. My knee still hurts and pops. Do I need to have a revision? I had to pay cash.

Depends on dx.: Whether you have to have your knee 're- scoped' depends on your present diagnosis. If you have retorn your meniscus then probably yes. If your knee is hurting because of concomitant knee pathology (associated arthritic changes) then possibly not... Other treatments may be helpful. Get a precise diagnosis from your surgeon and realistic expectations of prognosis. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Torn left knee meniscus twice, torn right achillis tendon, and symptoms of right knee meniscus tear after mri, no trauma, what could be the cause?!

Torn left knee meniscus twice, torn right achillis tendon, and symptoms of right knee meniscus tear after mri, no trauma, what could be the cause?!

Some activity: You do not have to have a specific injury to cause a meniscal tear.
Sometimes the meniscus can degenerate and
tear from repetitive activities such as running
basketball and other pseudotraumatic sports
i would work a lot on strengthening and
plyometrics to help prevent further problems. ...Read more

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Meniscus tear in knee--is it painful?

Meniscus tear in knee--is it painful?

Yes at times: Menicus tears can be painful but some can settle down and be tolerable for years if smaller. People complain of difficulty squatting, twisting, getting up from chairs or toilets, going up and especially down stairs, sometimes sleeping and turning in bed hurts or touching your knees together in bed hurts. Injections of cortisone can give temporary relief, arthroscopy and menisectomy is the fix. ...Read more

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Can a meniscus tear in the knee heal on its own?

Can a meniscus tear in the knee heal on its own?

No: Once torn, a meniscus does not generally heal on its own. It may however become asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Can you explain a knee scope for a meniscus tear?

Can you explain a knee scope for a meniscus tear?

Easy: Arthroscopy is minimally invasive procedure that entails making access points to the affected joints (holes) through which inspection is carried out. Then instruments are introduced in the joint cavity and whatever arthritis is seen is "cleaned up" and the torn meniscus/ligaments are sewn. ...Read more

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What is the typical recovery time for a meniscus tear in the knee?

What is the typical recovery time for a meniscus tear in the knee?

It depends: It depends on what procedure you will be having and whether or not there is any associated osteoarthritis as well. For a straightforward arthroscopy and removal of a torn piece of meniscus, the recovery is generally very rapid. If a repair is performed, the recovery is slightly longer. If there is osteoarthritis present, the recovery and theresults are less predictable. ...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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I had my outer meniscus tear repaired and now the inside of my knee kills when I try to run. Why is that?

I had my outer meniscus tear repaired and now the inside of my knee kills when I try to run. Why is that?

Ortho evaluation now: A thorough examination by your treating surgeon or another orthopaedic surgeon should ascertain the more likely causes of your new onset medial knee pain. An MRI may be indicated to evaluate the status of the repaired lateral meniscus and to gain better detail regarding the internal derangement now potentially present within the medial aspect of your knee. Cartilage or meniscus injury are likely. ...Read more

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How is a displaced meniscus tear from its attachment of the rim of the knee structure fixed? Please explain or can it be fixed?

Arthroscopy: His be treated sometimes with physical therapy. If that fails, arthroscopy is the treatment. It is minimally invasive and can be described by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Does twisting your knee to the left or right with pain indicate a medial meniscus tear? If I move my knee that way the pain is unbearable

Sounds like tear: What you are describing in orthopedics is called the apley's test and is characteristic of a meniscus tear. Similar pain can occur if you have some arthritis in this compartment of the joint. Agree that you should see an orthopedic surgeon particularly if catching, swelling and/or giving way is occurring. They will consider an MRI to better define the pathology. ...Read more

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Will my knee always lock up due to a meniscus tear a month ago?

Will my knee always lock up due to a meniscus tear a month ago?

Possibly.: A torn meniscus can act like a "hangnail" and cause irritation and locking symptoms within the knee. You most likely will require arthroscopic surgery to take care of the problem. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why my knee feels stuck after meniscus tear? Help?

Could you tell me why my knee feels stuck after meniscus tear? Help?

Caught in the joint.: The tear may be flipping in and out of the knee joint, causing locking or catching. Usually, with those types of symptoms, you would require arthroscopic knee surgery, to remove the torn piece of meniscus. ...Read more

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Do you need knee surgery for a meniscus tear?

Do you need knee surgery for a meniscus tear?

Generally, yes.: They usually do not heal themselves. See an orthopedic knee surgeon to determine if surgical intervention is the right option for you. ...Read more

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What workouts can I do with a meniscus tear in my knee?

What workouts can I do with a meniscus tear in my knee?

Workout as tolerated: Not all meniscal tears are the same. Unstable tears will cause pain when provoked by activities such as running, cutting, and pivoting (changing direction rapidly). Unless surgery is indicated, you should be able to slowly advance as tolerated with your normal workouts. Avoidance of high impact aerobic activities, running, jumping and deep knee bending is often recommended initially. ...Read more

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Does swimming exacerbate meniscus tear pain in the knee?

Not usually: Swimming can often be a fantastatic exercise for patients with knee injuries and patients suffering from arthritis. The water reduces the amount of pressure placed across the joint with activity. Aqua therapy is often a useful adjunct to a successful injury recovery program. ...Read more

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Is a microfracture procedure advisable for a meniscus tear in the knee?

Is a microfracture procedure advisable for a meniscus tear in the knee?

NO: Microfracture is done when the end of the bone cartilage surface has an area that is worn off. You then use a small "pick" to puncture the bone in the area that the cartilage is worn off to try to make the bone bleed onto this surface and create some scar cartilage to form in the cartilage defect area. The repair cartilage is not normal cartilage but can help some patients. Not for meniscus tear. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me when should your knee recover from meniscus tear surgery?

Doctors can you tell me when should your knee recover from meniscus tear surgery?

Repair vs debrided?: If you underwent a partial removal of the torn portion of the meniscus (partial mensicectomy), your recuperation period would generally be quicker than if you underwent a repair of the torn meniscus (meniscal repair). Jogging is routinely allowed by 3-4 months after meniscectomy, and after 4-6 months when it is repaired. Underlying arthritis (cartilage loss) would also slow your recovery. ...Read more

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Orthopedic question is there any knee test that someone can do on there own to know if they have a meniscus tear or not? Please help thanks

Orthopedic question is there any knee test that someone can do on there own to know if they have a meniscus tear or not? Please help thanks

There are multiple: There are multiple tests someone can do. A good exam can pick up a tear. Pain over the joint line is a sign of an injury. Specifically a mcmurray test is a test that is done where you can feel the tear move. Clinical signs are locking, buckling, and painful clicking in the knee with walking. Meniscal tears often hurt with deep knee flexion or such as squatting and with pivoting (twisting). ...Read more

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I was wonderful how does one get an meniscus tear in the knee also my knee is out of place leaning towards the left what causes this to happen?

I was wonderful how does one get an meniscus tear in the knee also my knee is out of place leaning towards the left what causes this to happen?

Turning, twisting...: Turning, twisting, squatting maneuvers are common mechanisms of injury for meniscus tears. As we age the meniscus can become more ' brittle' as it loses its water content and ' degenerative' tears are quite common w/ getting in/ out of a a car and other simple mechanisms. Sounds like you have a valgus ('knock- kneed')knee and is a normal 'variant', esp. In women. Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Had meniscus tear repair op 2 months ago. Healed well. Knee became painful 2 weeks ago. Little stiffness no change in range. Should I be worried?

Post op meniscus: If u have no swelling nor symptoms of the knee feeling like it is going to lock or give out probably not. If pain and stiffness persist for another 2 weeks go back to your surgeon. ...Read more

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10 mths ago MRI showed grade 2 degen meniscus tear. New MRI results state no tear. Could it have healed? Knee was locking weekly up until 1 month ago.

10 mths ago MRI showed grade 2 degen meniscus tear. New MRI results state no tear. Could it have healed? Knee was locking weekly up until 1 month ago.

Yes: Yes, meniscal tears can absolutely heal, and this at also be why you are not having your symptoms of knee locking anymore. Good news all around. ...Read more

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2years ago an Mri showed meniscus tear it wasn't treated at all and now knee is swelled and is extremely painful can't stand on it what can I do, wrong?

2years ago an Mri showed meniscus tear it wasn't treated at all and now knee is swelled and is extremely painful can't stand on it what can I do, wrong?

Quick fix and more: See an orthopedic surgeon or a physiatrist. They can evaluate the knee. If appropriate, they can drain the fluid and that will give you some immediate relief. Use ice and a compression wrap which will also reduce the pain a bit. Use a cane or crutches so that you take some weight off the affected leg and try to walk without stressing the other leg or your back! But see the Doc, get a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have had two knee scopes done on both of my knees and they still give me problem. They swell, pop, I can't climb stairs. Can I have another meniscus tear?

Unlikely: Many arthroscopic procedures to fix minor tears or clean up the knee are unnecessary and unhelpful. Your issue is much more likely to be osteoarthritic pain than a true symptomatic tear. ...Read more

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Can a cortisone shot fix a meniscus tear in the knee?

Can a cortisone shot fix a meniscus tear in the knee?

No: Meniscus tears will not heal on their own, but they may become asymptomatic. Cortisone acts as a local anti-inflammatory agent and may decrease the symptoms of some types of meniscus tears, but it will not fix the tear. ...Read more

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I have knee arthritis and a meniscus tear. What should I do?

I have knee arthritis and a meniscus tear. What should I do?

Arthritis & meniscus: If mild arthritis with primarily well-defined tear that is causing mechanical symptoms, then scope. If just mild degenerative meniscus without mechanical symptoms (locking, etc), then treat the arthritis primarily. ...Read more

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Does a ultrasound of your knee show cartilage and meniscus tear?

Does a ultrasound of your knee show cartilage and meniscus tear?

Not the best test: Ultrasound is not the best test to evaluate the meniscus and cartilage in the knee. Technically, with the right transducer and a trained operator, ultrasound may be able to see these structures pretty well, but it is likely to miss anything but major abnormalities. Mri is the best test to evaluate the cartilage and menisci. ...Read more

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What is the best OTC pain reliever for a meniscus tear in the knee?

What is the best OTC pain reliever for a meniscus tear in the knee?

Anti inflammatories: Anti inflammatories or nsaids are usually the best to treat pain from menus all tears. The two types available over the counter are Ibuprofen or naproxen. ...Read more

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What are some ways to get rid of knee pain from a possible meniscus tear?

MMT: First, find out if it is a significant meniscal tear that would be causing locking or mechanical symptoms. Treatment may include stretching, nsaids, therapy, possible injection, or scope. May need mri/imaging study first. ...Read more

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What is the corrective action for a partial meniscus tear and swollen knee?

Conservative: Usually one would use a conservative approach with anti inflammatory medication and physical therapy especially if the symptoms were gradual in onset if the symptoms were very acute in onset and readily associated with an a, cute trauma then more immediate arthroscopic surgery might be considered. ...Read more

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What is a postitive test for knee pain? Such as a meniscus tear mccurray test if it clicks

What is a postitive test for knee pain? Such as a meniscus tear mccurray test if it clicks

Knee pain: The mcmurray's test should be performed to test for a meniscal tear; this involved hyperflexing the knee and gently internally and externally rotating the knee; this may elicit a click and/or pain from the patient. Understand, too, that a positive mcmurray can be in the setting of a normal meniscus if there is inflamed synovium and/or articular cartilage wear. ...Read more

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I had knee surgery for a medial meniscus tear, how long does it take to start feeling better?

I had knee surgery for a medial meniscus tear, how long does it take to start feeling better?

~6 weeks: Typically will take 6-8 weeks of physical therapy plus independent exercises (per therapist) to see recovery. If not, see your doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Jack Farr
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Knee Meniscus Tear (Definition)

A common knee injury in which the meniscus, a rubbery, C-shaped disc that cushions your knee, gets torn or stretched. Each knee has two menisci (plural of meniscus)-one at the outer edge of the knee and one at the inner edge. The menisci keep your knee steady by balancing your ...Read more