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I have a torn meniscus from grappling. My doctor recommended aleve, (naproxen) but hasn't helped. Any other OTC suggestions for joint/pain relief?

I have a torn meniscus from grappling. My doctor recommended aleve, (naproxen) but hasn't helped. Any other OTC suggestions for joint/pain relief?

Advil (ibuprofen): If you don't respond to alleve, try advil (ibuprofen). Some patients respond better to advil (ibuprofen). If its just a tweak, it should get better in a week or so. Also try ice and rest. If no improvement see a sports orthopedist for a work up and proper diagnosis and treatment plan which may include knee arthroscopic surgery. ...Read more

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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 can cause a torn meniscus?

What can cause a torn  meniscus?

Twisting.: Very often a meniscus tear is caused by a twisting/torquing injury to your knee. ...Read more

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How to exercise with a torn meniscus?

How to exercise with a torn meniscus?

Listen to your body: You'll want to avoid motions that cause pain. Consider quadricep strengthening exercise but be careful about your range of motion. Avoid a >90 degree(right angle) bend in your knees, like if you are doing squats and/or lunges. Also avoid any heavy loaded squats or lunges. Be careful about rotational movements around your injured knee, like where you would plant and turn. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a torn meniscus?

How do I know if I have a torn meniscus?

MRI: Because the symptoms of a torn meniscus are similar to many problems inside the knee (pain, catching, feelings of instability) the only way to really know is an mri. An experienced physician can usually be faily confident after a history and exam, but the pictures of the MRI are the best evidence other than really looking inside the knee. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a torn meniscus?

Pain/ swelling: A torn meniscus in someone your age is typically related to an injury. A twisting injury or deep bending of the knee while bearing heavy weight (squats/lunges) are usual mechanisms. Pain along the joint line associated with joint swelling is expected. Swelling may be mild/ moderate. Loss of full extension or pain with full flexion or extension and catching/ locking sensation highly suggestive. ...Read more

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Is riding a bike good for a torn meniscus?

Yes: While it won't heal the meniscus, it will help improve your range of motion without causing more damage. If pain persists, you should seek the advice of a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time on a torn meniscus?

What is the recovery time on a torn meniscus?

1-6 weeks: For meniscus surgeries in an otherwise healthy patient in excellent condition, the arthroscopy does not need too much time to recover from. I have had patients walk out from surgery and never turn back. However, patients are often deconditioned because of the injury. This causes muscle (especially quads) weakness and inhibition that takes longer to recover from. ...Read more

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What exercises help or hinder a torn meniscus?

What exercises help or hinder a torn meniscus?

Be Mindful: Depends on your age, degree of symptoms or pain, and degree of arthritis. Many meniscus tears may be minimal in terms of pain, and so a quadriceps and hamstring strengthening program which avoids impact may be beneficial. However, if the tear is associated with significant pain, swelling or instability, arthroscopic meniscectomy should be considered, especially in the absence of arthritic change. ...Read more

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How can I tell whether I have a torn meniscus?

How can I tell whether I have a torn 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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What are some of the symptoms of a torn meniscus?

What are some of the symptoms of a torn meniscus?

Pain: A torn meniscus can cause pain, locking, catching and swelling in the knee. The symptoms are often intermittent and related to position of the knee. ...Read more

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Torn meniscus seemed healed but im still having pain?

Torn meniscus seemed healed but im still having pain?

Not healed: Most meniscus tears do not "heal". They can become asymptomatic. Whether the tear is actually producing symptoms depends on the tear. ...Read more

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Do I have to be on crutches if I have a torn meniscus?

Do I have to be on crutches if I have a torn meniscus?

Possibly.: Only if the pain is to great, or if your knee is locked, where you can't straighten or bend it. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: torn meniscus?

Torn cartilage: 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 need surgery to fix. ...Read more

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I have a torn meniscus, what are the exercises to avoid?

I have a torn meniscus, what are the exercises to avoid?

Squats,lunges etc.: If u have a torn meniscus than you should have your knee 'scoped' before you do further damage to your knee;things to avoid in the meantime include any activities which involve turning, twisting, pivoting or squatting on the affected side...I.E.Squats , lunges etc.(leg press, hamstring curls, ex.Bike, hip exercises should be O.K.)see your ors for further guidance.Best of luck! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: torn meniscus ?

See below: A meniscus tear is a tear in the "cushion " in the knee between the end of the femur and top or proximal end of the tibia. The meniscus provides cushioning between the bones and can become injured with twisting injuries or over time from a degenerative process. Most of these tears are likely to require arthroscopic surgery at some point especially in young active individuals. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a torn meniscus how do I stay in shape?

What to do if I have a torn meniscus how do I stay in shape?

Avoid Impact: Biking, swimming, elliptical and other nonimpact aerobic activities are better than running and jogging. The knee sees three times your body weight with just walking so you can imagine how much more that would be with the added force of running or jogging. The less impact you put through the knee, the less stress you put on the meniscus and cartilage and the less likely you will have pain. ...Read more

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Could an already torn meniscus continue to increasingly tear?

Probably: In general, meniscus tears do not heal. As stress across the injured area persists, a small tear can propagate in to a bigger one, much like a crack in the windshield of a car. This may vary with the location and type of tear and the type of activity the knee is enduring. If symptoms persist, treatment is recommended. ...Read more

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How would i know if I have a minor torn meniscus, what are symtoms.

How would i know if I have a minor torn meniscus, what are symtoms.

PAIN,SWELLING,: There will be history of trauma,pain in knee,inability and pain to bend knee,swelling Need examination and MRI/Scan to confirm the torn meniscus That is the only way to find out if you have torn Meniscus and which one and how bad ...Read more

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Could i further damage a torn meniscus especially if you don't know that it's torn.

Could i further damage a torn meniscus especially if you don't know that it's torn.

Yes: Depending upon how the meniscus is torn, it would be possible to extend the tear with activities. This would be a little bit like extending a "hang-nail" by catching it on something. If you feel you have a torn meniscus, you should have this evaluated before engaging in activities that might cause a larger tear. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Pain Relief (Definition)

A recent study showed that in a hospitalized group of patients it was not the actual degree of pain relief that determined patient satisfaction. It was the perceived concern on the part of the heath care providers and their attempts to alleviate the degree of pain that mattered. Even ...Read more


Dr. Jack Farr
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Knee Meniscus Tear (Definition)

A common knee injury in which the meniscus, a rubbery, C-shaped disc that cushions your knee, gets torn or stretched.. Each knee has two menisci (plural of meniscus)-one at the outer edge of the knee and one at the inner edge. The menisci keep your knee steady by balancing your ...Read more