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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
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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: Some time the patient come to us because of knee pain, after we take MRI we see that he have degenerative tear in the meniscus, most likely started as torn meniscus was not treated then end up with arthritis. Good luck. ...Read more

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