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Torn cartilage: 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 need surgery to fix. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It varies: This depends on the extent of the tear and the type of treatment chosen. If not treated surgically, most meniscus tears never truly heal, although with time and perhaps medications, therapy and/or injections sometimes symptoms can subside in 6-12 weeks. If arthroscopic partial excision is undergone, "healing" can take 3-6 weeks. If arthroscopic repair is undergone, healing can take 3-6 months. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends...: Many people with torn menisci have no symptoms at all... Most do not experience much discomfort with walking... A few do. The most painful activities typically associate with a meniscus tear include kneeling, squatting, pivoting and twisting. Some may also experience giving way or locking if the piece is torn piece is large enough. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
YES...: That is simply the most common reason for people to have meniscal tears... Like your favorite pair of blue jeans... You feel a breeze one day and look down and see a hole... The fabric simply wore out with time... The same thing can happen with our menisci, rotator cuff, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Rare but can occur: The goal of partial meniscectomy is to negate the symptoms of pain, catching and swelling that are common with a torn meniscus. When a portion of meniscus is removed, there is less left to possibly tear again, so it makes sense that retear becomes less likely. A partially respected meniscus, however, may still have remnants of less than normal tissue that can be susceptible to retear. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Knee pain: Having experienced this myself not too long ago, I can tell you that you may have pain when bending the knee, trying to do a full squat, or going up and down stairs. You may be pain free when running on a flat surface so a small tear can be deceiving. Get an evaluation to rule out the need for surgical intervention, and get a physical therapy consult. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many ways: Twisting injuries typically cause a meniscus tear. However, as we age, degenerative tears can also occur. Surgery is usually only indicated for acute injuries where the exam, symptoms, and MRI suggest that the meniscus tear is causing pain, or the torn tissue is blocking full range of motion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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