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Will a meniscus injury disqualify me from joining the u.S. Air force?

Will a meniscus injury disqualify me from joining the u.S. Air force?

Not necessarily: Many meniscus injuries will heal without any deficit or symptoms. Depends on the location and degree of injury. Some will cause locking of the knee and severe pain and can happen in association with injury to ligaments while other meniscus injuries will be more minor and can heal without surgery, or possibly with relatively minor arthroscopic surgery. ...Read more

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Can a meniscus be replaced?

Can a meniscus be replaced?

Yes: A meniscus can be replaced with an allograft (from a human donor cadaver) but there are criteria for doing it. If you have arthritis in the area, then it won't work. Most surgeons feel that there is an age limit. ...Read more

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Treating a Torn Meniscus (Checklist)

Get imaging, including MRI, to be sure that is the only issue
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Discuss NSAIDs with physician
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Start physical therapy
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Consider pool therapy
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What is a pinched meniscus?

What is a pinched meniscus?

Bone spur.: That's a vague term. It could be getting pinched by a bone spur, or a loose body in the knee. ...Read more

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How does a meniscus get torn?

How does a meniscus get torn?

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 more

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Is it possible to fix meniscus?

Is it possible to fix meniscus?

Yes.: Depending on the type of tear. Some can be surgically repaired. Some can't and have to be trimmed out. ...Read more

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What you do for a turn meniscus?

Depends: Depends on the patient's age, the severity of the tear and whether there is instability of the knee. All these factors need to be known whether physical therapy, surgery or reconstructive surgery would be recommended. ...Read more

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Can a displaced meniscus be fixed?

Yes.: Depending on the exact type of tear, it potentially can be repaired or removed. Your surgeon would make that determination. ...Read more

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How to tell if i tore my meniscus?

How to tell if i tore my meniscus?

Meniscal tears: There are several types of meniscal tears (see pic). Some meniscal tears occur w/ acute injury & some as degenerative changes (over time). Common symptoms include pain, swelling, clicking/ popping, locking/ catching, giving way, and/ or limited range of motion. Hope this helps. You may wish to try thessaly test, but it is best if you let a physician examine you and possibly order an MRI to be sure. ...Read more

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How does a meniscus get displaced?

How does a meniscus get displaced?

Usually it tears: The meniscus is a gristly cartilage that asked to distribute weight across the joint. It becomes more fragile with age and can tear so that the fragments flipped into and out of the joint. If the tear involves the rim of the meniscus, near the capsule, the entire meniscus can flip across the joint. This is called a bucket-handle tear and can keep the joint from moving completely (locking). ...Read more