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Meniscus Tear In The Knee
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
Can a meniscus tear in the knee prevent you from straighten the knee and bearing weight on the effected leg?
Absolutely: Yes, a meniscus tear can definitely cause you to have difficulty straightening your leg or bearing weight on it. Particularly what is known as a bucket handle tear in which a part of the tear displaces out further into the joint. I would not hesitate to be seen and thoroughly evaluated. ...Read more
Is surgery the only way to fix a medial meniscus tear in the knee? Can someone having burning and there knee?
Knee surgery: A meniscal tear can be treated conservatively or non operatively with physical therapy and a knee sleeve understanding of course that this will not "heal" the tear. As long as one is not experiencing "locking" symptoms and decreased range of motion with stiffness -assuming of course you do not have dramatic arthritis there is no immediate rush for knee arthroscopy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Have slipped disks and meniscus tear in rt knee. I have been having pain from top of rt buttock down behind rt knee. Related to back or 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a SLAP tear in the left shoulder and meniscus tear in right knee be repaired at the same time?
Yes but depends..: some orthopedic surgeons will but best to have fellowship trained specialist for each area, if ortho group has alot of doctors together they can coordinate surgery during the same anesthesia but this is rare ,most like to divide it which is good ;be patient, takes time to rehab/heal each ...Read more
Does a meniscus tear cause a knee to click at the joint line? I have a hard time bending and extending my knee because it get stuck please help
Knee clicking: In the setting of a bucket handle or flipped meniscal tear, knee locking will occur. This may cause the patient to experience sharp clicking and ensuing locking. Painless clicking at the joint line with minimal pain can occur with a plica type syndrome or thickened synovium. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have a meniscus tear in my knee from my knee popping out of place. How can I prevent it from popping out. It happens when just when getting into bed?
Obviously unstable &: not due 2 the meniscus. U need 2 C a knee specialist & find the reason for the instability. That's what needs 2 B addressed. ...Read more
Been diagnosed with a meniscus tear in my knee, been told no high impact sport for 4 weeks as I am a gymnast, it sometimes hurts, should I use crutches?
You do not need : Crutches however if you are a gymnast with a meniscus tear of any sort typically the only treatment with persistent pain would be arthroscopy and menisectomy or possibly repair. Most meniscus tears of significance need surgery. Certainly an MRI can help delineate the size and type of tear and whether it needs surgery. I would see and otthopaedist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Left knee mcl tear but now right knee is painful from taking the strain off my left knee
(old meniscus tear to right knee)
Is there anything I can do?
Right knee pain: Hello. Have you ever tried Voltaren gel or Flector patches (diclofenac)? These treat dull, aching, throbbing pain. Have you tried lidoderm patches or lidocaine gel? These are used for sharp, stab, burn, pins/needles type pain. These gels and patches have to be prescribed. Do you wear any type of knee supports? Sleeves, braces. This can help stabilize your knees while your left knee is healing. ...Read more
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