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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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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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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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Will a meniscus injury disqualify me from joining the u.S. Air force?

Will a meniscus injury disqualify me from joining the u.S. Air force?

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

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Can a meniscus be replaced?

Can a meniscus be replaced?

Yes: A meniscus can be replaced with an allograft (from a human donor cadaver) but there are criteria for doing it. If you have arthritis in the area, then it won't work. Most surgeons feel that there is an age limit. ...Read more

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How does a meniscus get torn?

How does a meniscus get torn?

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

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Is it possible to fix meniscus?

Is it possible to fix meniscus?

Yes.: Depending on the type of tear. Some can be surgically repaired. Some can't and have to be trimmed out. ...Read more

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What you do for a turn meniscus?

Depends: Depends on the patient's age, the severity of the tear and whether there is instability of the knee. All these factors need to be known whether physical therapy, surgery or reconstructive surgery would be recommended. ...Read more

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Can a displaced meniscus be fixed?

Can a displaced meniscus be fixed?

Absolutely: Surgery can definitely be done to help people with problems of the, meniscus. Usually a displaced meniscus implies it has been torn. Depending on the location of the tear, the meniscus is usually either repaired or a portion of it is removed. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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How to tell if I tore my meniscus?

How to tell if I tore my 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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How does a meniscus get displaced?

How does a meniscus get displaced?

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

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What are ways to tear your meniscus?

What are ways to tear your meniscus?

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

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How can you treat a damaged meniscus?

How can you treat a damaged meniscus?

Depends: It will depend on the degree of damage. If it is not fully torn, you may be helped by physical therapy, brace wearing, gait retraining etc. If it is fully torn and there is a lot of arthrtis, your best bet would probably be surgery. ...Read more

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How is an extruded meniscus repaired?

Meniscus: I am not sure exactly what you are talking about. You can tear a meniscus. To fix this problem, you need to have a "knee scope". The torn meniscus can either be repaired or removed depending on location of tear. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my meniscus is torn?

How can I tell if my meniscus is torn?

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

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What to do in meniscus torn at the age29?

C knee specialist: A symptomatic tear requires an arthroscopic removal or repair. Don't wait, 2 young 2 ignore it. ...Read more

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How do you tear your meniscus on purpose?

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

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How do you know of you tore your meniscus?

Mechanical symptoms: You will usually feel pain and experience swelling after a twisting injury of the knee. You may also experience popping, locking, or catching. ...Read more

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I think I tore my meniscus but I don't know.

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

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May have torn my meniscus. What should I do?

May have torn my meniscus. What should I do?

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

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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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How can you tell when you tear your meniscus?

How can you tell when you tear your meniscus?

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

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Please tell me can damaged meniscus be healed?

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

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What happens if I have to get my meniscus removed?

What happens if I have to get my meniscus removed?

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

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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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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 long is recovery from a displaced meniscus root?

How long is recovery from a displaced meniscus root?

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

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Why would I have 3 meniscus injuries in less than 3 yrs?

Why would I have 3 meniscus injuries in less than 3 yrs?

Knee instability: You need to be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in ports medicine and knee injuries. Your meniscal injuries could very well be the clinical symptom of underlying ligamentous injury that allows your knee to move with abnormal kinematics injuring the meniscus via rotatory instability. If it is the medial (inside) meniscus, varus deformity and medial collapse may also be responsible. ...Read more