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Doctor insights on: Meniscus Tear In The Knee

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can a meniscus tear in the knee prevent you from straighten the knee and bearing weight on the effected leg?

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

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Is surgery the only way to fix a medial meniscus tear in the knee? Can someone having burning and there knee?

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 more

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How can you tell if you have a meniscus tear in your knee?

How can you tell if you have a meniscus tear in your knee?

Evaluation: History-injury, clicking, pain , popping, giving way. Physical exam findings. Mri. Surgery. ...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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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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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

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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

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 more

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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

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I have a meniscus tear in my knee and I started physical therapy, any workouts to suggest?

Rehabilitation: Saving the meniscus is always our first priority. If exercising with a torn meniscus then the bike and the pool are usually the safest. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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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?

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