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What are the signs and symptoms of a torn meniscus?

What are the signs and symptoms of a torn meniscus?

Locking and catching: The most common sign of a torn meniscus is the locking and catching of the knee joint when one flexes and extends the knee. Also, there may be an effusion, joint line tenderness, and the inability to fully extend one's knee. ...Read more

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 are the symptoms of having a meniscus tear?

What are the symptoms of having a meniscus tear?

Pain, swelling: Locking. Clicking, decreased range of motion of knee, pain on palpating etc can mean torn meniscus. An orthopedic specialist can initially diagnose it and confirmed later with an MRI. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are signs of swelling from a meniscus tear?

What are signs of swelling from a meniscus tear?

Joint irritation: Swelling of the knee is common with several different knee problems. When there is an effusion immediately after a knee injury, a possible cause is severe injury to an internal joint structure, like the anterior cruciate ligament or a fracture of the top of the shin bone. ...Read more

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What are some of the signs of a really severe meniscus tear I am in severe pain?

What are some of the signs of a really severe meniscus tear I am in severe pain?

Pain.: Pain over the joint line. Swelling, and pain with rotational activities like rolling over in bed, getting in/out of a car, crossing your legs, etc. ...Read more

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Is there anything on the internet for what a meniscus tear looks like? What are the main symptoms of having a tear?

Is there anything on the internet for what a meniscus tear looks like? What are the main symptoms of having a tear?

Meniscal tears: There are several types of meniscal tears (see pic). Common symptoms include pain, swelling, clicking/ popping, locking/ catching, giving way, and/ or limited range of motion. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of having a strained ligament? Also what are symptoms of having a meniscus tear? Please help is there anything on the internet

What are the symptoms of having a strained ligament? Also what are symptoms of having a meniscus tear? Please help is there anything on the internet

Ligament/meniscus: Sprained ligament has pain localized to the ligament with some degree of instability--a feeling of giving way. A meniscus has mechanical symptoms of locking or painful clicking. See an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a meniscus tear? What does it mean when a MRI says a displacement at the meniscus root? Does that cause a knee to lock?

What are the symptoms of a meniscus tear? What does it mean when a MRI says a displacement at the meniscus root? Does that cause a knee to lock?

Giving way: Meniscal tears usually cause mechanical instability. The primary symptom is buckling or giving out. A displaced meniscus can cause the knee to lock. The meniscal root is where it attaches either in the front or back of the knee. Depending on your age it can be repaired or removed but is almost always a surgical treatment. See a good orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Can symptoms of meniscus tear be confused with knee arthritis?

Can symptoms of meniscus tear be confused with knee arthritis?

Imaging: Many physical symptoms of meniscal tears and arthritis are similar. The best way to know for sure is with an mri. While an x-ray can show narrowing of a joint space that would indicate arthritis, a MRI would be a sure way to rule out a meniscal tear. ...Read more

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Can symptoms of a meniscus tear be confused with plain knee arthritis?

Can symptoms of a meniscus tear be confused with plain knee arthritis?

Yes: Often a meniscus tear and knee arthritis such as loss of cartilage are seen in the same joint, particularly in older people. In these people they are called degenerative meniscal tears. Symptoms of an acute meniscus tear are swelling, pain, the knee having a catching feeling with bending and restraightening or locking of the knee, also many people report a sense of instability in the knee. ...Read more

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Orthopedic question: what are the symptoms of a meniscus tear? What does medial tibofemoral joint line tenderness mean? Where is the peripatellar?

Orthopedic question: what are the symptoms of a meniscus tear? What does medial tibofemoral joint line tenderness mean? Where is the peripatellar?

Locking catching: Typically you get locking and catching with pain at the joint line of the knee.

Medial tibiofemoral joint line tenderness means pain right where the meniscus is. At the joint line.

Peripatellar is around the knee cap. ...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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Can a meniscus tear heal on its own?

Can a meniscus tear heal on its own?

Yes, it can, BUT it-: Is rather unlikely, as they generally don't, unless the tear is a minor one. I don't think they heal but they certainly become symptom-free.
Surgery can help certain types of the tears by repairing them which are dependent on the specific site they occur in. Most are however not amenable to repair. ...Read more

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How to know if I have meniscus tear?

You can't: A medical professional should be able to give you a working diagnosis regarding likely or not likely a 3rd degree sprain, or full tear. Without MRI or arthroscopy, we can only be mostly correct regarding damaged meniscus or not. Being able to walk on that leg does not rule out torn meniscus, nor does the absence of swelling. The pain will eventually subside even with treatment. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a torn meniscus?

What are symptoms of a torn meniscus?

Meniscal tears: There are several types of meniscal tears (see pic). Some meniscal tears occur with acute injury and 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. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a torn meniscus?

What are the signs of a torn meniscus?

Joint line pain or: The hinge where your femur meets your tibia will be tender and can click or catch typically on the inside. Clicking and catching are two positive tests for a meniscus tear. The patfem joint is the joint around your kneecap. If you have swelling in your knee, joint line pain and a history of an injury the likelihood of a meniscus tear is more significant. ...Read more

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Can a meniscus tear heal after a week?

Not usually: Most tears do not heal.
Only the outer third of the meniscus has a blood supply to heal itself but this is not the common way they tear.
But, it is common for some small tears to calm down after a week or two and they can be asymptomatic for weeks or months, sometimes years with little tears. ...Read more

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Does a meniscus tear itch as it heals?

Does a meniscus tear itch as it heals?

Possibly: This is not a common symptom, but every person is different. Any time there is healing/inflammation involved, there may be associated itching. ...Read more

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How to know if I have a meniscus tear?

Diagnosis a meniscal: Google mcmurray's test. It often is a pain at the joint line area. Swelling is usually involved as well. Mri is helpful to diagnose it too, but not 100% accurate. ...Read more