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

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

Advil: If you don't respond to alleve, try advil. Some patients respond better to advil. 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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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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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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I have a torn meniscus and am down here on vacation with my family and I really need something for the pain ?

I have a torn meniscus and am down here on vacation with my family and I really need something for the pain ?

OTC: Hi, you can go to the drugstore here and buy Other The counter pain medication like Motrin, Tylenol. Or you can go to an urgent care to be seen. Feel better soon and enjoy your vacation. ...Read more

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I have a torn meniscus, how can I reduce the pain and improve my wellbeing?

I have a torn meniscus, how can I reduce the pain and improve my wellbeing?

See an Orthopedic MD: Treatment of meniscus tears depends on tear size and location. Treatment options are non operative measures such as physical therapy to surgical options such as knee arthroscopy. Its best to see a sports medicine specialist to have it worked up and treated appropriately. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a torn meniscus for last 4 years .. I want to repair it naturally ... Without surgery ... I feel pain all the time ..

No: It is very rare for a meniscus to heal without intervention. It really depends on where the tear is. If it is peripheral, it can be sewn together if at the time of surgery it looks like an appropriate option. These choices really are made in surgery. Some will advocate injecting prp into the tear but there is mixed information on this. If you have had this for 4 years, i doubt it will ever heal. ...Read more

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What should I do about continued pain after surgery for a torn meniscus?

What should I do about continued pain after surgery for a torn meniscus?

Eval: Find out why it still hurts. If the meniscus was trimmed or repaired properly, then it generally doesn't hurt. Persistent pain can be from improper trim or repair with residual tear, a new tear or injury, or from arthritis unrelated to the meniscus tear. Depending on your age, arthritis is the most likely possibility. ...Read more

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Can a torn meniscus give you hip pain?

Can a torn meniscus give you hip pain?

Labrum: It would be rare for a torn knee meniscus to cause true hip joint pain. On the other hand, if a torn knee meniscus causes limping, then it is not uncommon to have muscle pain near the hip. For the hip joint itself, there is a meniscus like tissue, the hip labrum, which can tear and cause pain. As there are many other causes of hip area pain, consult your physician for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Excruciating pain (crying, can't breathe) & can't straighten it for 30sec +, then pain subsides. can torn meniscus hurt this bad? Or something else?

Excruciating pain (crying, can't breathe) & can't straighten it for 30sec +, then pain subsides. can torn meniscus hurt this bad?  Or something else?

Yes: Recommend seeing ortho or sports medicine trained physician to discuss your options and try evaluation. Breathing issue is your body's reaction to the pain, you can breathe its OK. Sometimes anxiety can also inflate your pain symptoms as well. ...Read more

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What is best excerse for torn meniscus that can't be repaired because of arthritis is hydro therapy good what kind of excerise can I do to help pain?

What is best excerse for torn meniscus that can't be repaired because of arthritis  is hydro therapy good what kind of excerise can I do to help pain?

Lower impact: Low impact exercises that emphasize repetition and endurance would be best. Good examples include walking, exercise bicycles, ellipticals, stair master. Use pain as your guide. Regularly stretching is also good for flexibility and range of motion. ...Read more

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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


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