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What is the definition or description of: torn meniscus?

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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What will happen if I have a pinched meniscus?

What will happen if I have a pinched meniscus?

Interesting term?: A mensicus usually refers to the cartilage in the knee. If the cartilage comes loose and bend or moves as the knee is moving, then it can get caught in the joint between the bones, and will be pinched. This can cause pain, can cause a piece to be broken off and get loose in the knee and can cause problems for you. If you are concerned, see an orthopedist or your pcp. May need more diagnostics. ...Read more

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What is a pinched meniscus?

What is a pinched meniscus?

Bone spur.: That's a vague term. It could be getting pinched by a bone spur, or a loose body in the knee. ...Read more

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How would wearing a knee-brace help with a pinched meniscus?

How would wearing a knee-brace help with a pinched meniscus?

Help negate reinjury: A pinched or torn meniscus can cause pain. The torn meniscus can get caught with motion across the joint as the loaded knee flexes and extends. This could cause further damage to the meniscus. The goal of the brace is to limit the risk of further injury or damage to the already injured meniscus. ...Read more

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How long does it take for symptoms of a pinched lateral meniscus to settle. Does this term mean I have a tear? I had surgery in July for this.

How long does it take for symptoms of a pinched lateral meniscus to settle.  Does this term mean I have a tear?  I had surgery in July for this.

Days to Weeks: Usually your symptoms should resolve very quickly after surgery. If you ate still symptomatic 6 months later, you should have a re-evaluation. You may need PT or other treatment. ...Read more

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Can a gastric sleeve directly help with herniated disks / pinched nerve and knee problems (meniscus)?

Can a gastric sleeve directly help with herniated disks / pinched nerve and knee problems (meniscus)?

Not directly: No, it will not help directly, but if with diet and exercise it allows you to lose weight, so of the symptoms associated with those other conditions may improve or even go away. Excess weight aggravates many conditions, including the ones you mention. ...Read more

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How long can it take for a damaged meniscus to heal?

It varies: This depends on the extent of the tear and the type of treatment chosen. If not treated surgically, most meniscus tears never truly heal, although with time and perhaps medications, therapy and/or injections sometimes symptoms can subside in 6-12 weeks. If arthroscopic partial excision is undergone, "healing" can take 3-6 weeks. If arthroscopic repair is undergone, healing can take 3-6 months. ...Read more

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How could you tell if you torn your meniscus?

Depends...: Many people with torn menisci have no symptoms at all... Most do not experience much discomfort with walking... A few do. The most painful activities typically associate with a meniscus tear include kneeling, squatting, pivoting and twisting. Some may also experience giving way or locking if the piece is torn piece is large enough. ...Read more

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Is it possible for the meniscus to simply wear away?

Is it possible for the meniscus to simply wear away?

YES...: That is simply the most common reason for people to have meniscal tears... Like your favorite pair of blue jeans... You feel a breeze one day and look down and see a hole... The fabric simply wore out with time... The same thing can happen with our menisci, rotator cuff, etc. ...Read more

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How common is it to tear your meniscus when part of it has already been removed?

How common is it to tear your meniscus when part of it has already been removed?

Rare but can occur: The goal of partial meniscectomy is to negate the symptoms of pain, catching and swelling that are common with a torn meniscus. When a portion of meniscus is removed, there is less left to possibly tear again, so it makes sense that retear becomes less likely. A partially respected meniscus, however, may still have remnants of less than normal tissue that can be susceptible to retear. ...Read more

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