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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
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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?

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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Dr. Tanya Russo
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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