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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
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
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.
I had an ACL and meniscus reconstruction September of 2012. Surgery was successful however the last few months I get a sudden pinch and now constant?
See surgeon: Glad your ACL surgery was successful. If your ‘pinch’ is a feeling of pain and becoming more constant you should see your ORS for examination. May be nothing more than a bit of tendinitis or more significant (scar tissue building up in knee—‘cyclops’ lesion) or related to previous meniscus work. Best to have it checked! ...Read more
Can a gastric sleeve directly help with herniated disks / pinched nerve and knee problems (meniscus)?
Not necessarily: Many meniscus injuries will heal without any deficit or symptoms. Depends on the location and degree of injury. Some will cause locking of the knee and severe pain and can happen in association with injury to ligaments while other meniscus injuries will be more minor and can heal without surgery, or possibly with relatively minor arthroscopic surgery. ...Read more
Many ways: Twisting injuries typically cause a meniscus tear. However, as we age, degenerative tears can also occur. Surgery is usually only indicated for acute injuries where the exam, symptoms, and MRI suggest that the meniscus tear is causing pain, or the torn tissue is blocking full range of motion. ...Read more
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
Usually it tears: The meniscus is a gristly cartilage that asked to distribute weight across the joint. It becomes more fragile with age and can tear so that the fragments flipped into and out of the joint. If the tear involves the rim of the meniscus, near the capsule, the entire meniscus can flip across the joint. This is called a bucket-handle tear and can keep the joint from moving completely (locking). ...Read more
Rotational force on: Most tears of the meniscus occur from a rotational force on the knee joint. Surprisingly, this force does not need to be that great to cause a tear of the meniscus. Perfect example is sitting cross legged (indian style), is enough force to tear it. ...Read more
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. It is best if you let a physician examine you and possibly order an MRI to be sure. ...Read more
Not Likely!: I can't imagine anyone wanting to tear the meniscus in their knee on purpose. Quite painful and significantly debilitating in the short term depending on the extent. Usually one tears their meniscus by accident while trying to go one way and their knee going awkwardly in another direction. For example, like planting your foot and twisting in the opposite direction for a kick. ...Read more
Knee pain: Having experienced this myself not too long ago, I can tell you that you may have pain when bending the knee, trying to do a full squat, or going up and down stairs. You may be pain free when running on a flat surface so a small tear can be deceiving. Get an evaluation to rule out the need for surgical intervention, and get a physical therapy consult. Good luck! ...Read more
See your Physician:
If you think you have torn your meniscus your should be examined. Your primary care may feel comfortable making that diagnosis by exam or may order an mri. If you do have a meniscal tear at your age you would be best treated with an arthroscopic surgery done by an orthopedic surgeon.
To avoid further injury avoid twisting and squatting, and use ice to help with the pain and swelling. ...Read more
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
Pain in the knee: Few things for diagnosis of meniscal tear including, clicking of the knee when trying to move it, the knee is stuck in one position and will not move, pain right over the joint line on either the inside or the outside of the knee, and swelling are all common. ...Read more
Yes: Only the outer third of the meniscus has a blood supply. If there is a tear in this region it has a chance to heal. However if ur tear occurs in the part of the meniscus that is avascular (no blood supply) then it won't heal. This doesn't mean u will always be affected by a tear. Symptoms can be treated! ...Read more
Arthritis: The meniscus acts as the cushion/shock absorber in the knee. When all or part of it has to be removed, the cartilage and bone see more stress over time and degrade faster - arthritis. However, leaving a torn meniscus and not taking it out can cause more stress as a flap can rub raw the cartilage much faster than having less meniscus. ...Read more
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
Removal vs repair: W/ a menisectomy most patients recover quickly, but in a meniscus repair the recovery needs to be slower so the repair can be protected. Either way, it's pretty quick compared to many surgeries. When meniscal repair is possible this should be discussed since it will spare meniscus, & provide better protection of the knee in the long run (meniscus =. ...Read more