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I have been having severe leg pain for 4 days. I have a torn meniscus but lately my Tylenol (acetaminophen) #3 not working is there something stronger?

I have been having severe leg pain for 4 days. I have a torn meniscus but lately my Tylenol (acetaminophen) #3 not working is there something stronger?

Torn meniscus: Michelle: Meniscal injuries symptoms are often located in the knee joint itself - locking/ giving way, pain when walking, warmth of the joint and so on. You say, the whole leg is in severe pain. You must see your orthopedic physician who can examine your knee and leg. You may require xrays and/or MR exam of the knee or other areas of your leg. Best of luck. ...Read more

Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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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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I had my outer meniscus tear repaired and now the inside of my knee kills when I try to run. Why is that?

I had my outer meniscus tear repaired and now the inside of my knee kills when I try to run. Why is that?

Ortho evaluation now: A thorough examination by your treating surgeon or another orthopaedic surgeon should ascertain the more likely causes of your new onset medial knee pain. An MRI may be indicated to evaluate the status of the repaired lateral meniscus and to gain better detail regarding the internal derangement now potentially present within the medial aspect of your knee. Cartilage or meniscus injury are likely. ...Read more

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Had meniscus tear repair op 2 months ago. Healed well. Knee became painful 2 weeks ago. Little stiffness no change in range. Should I be worried?

Post op meniscus: If u have no swelling nor symptoms of the knee feeling like it is going to lock or give out probably not. If pain and stiffness persist for another 2 weeks go back to your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can a SLAP tear in the left shoulder and meniscus tear in right knee be repaired at the same time?

Can a SLAP tear in the left shoulder and meniscus tear in right knee be repaired at the same time?

Yes but depends..: Some orthopedic surgeons will but best to have fellowship trained specialist for each area, if ortho group has alot of doctors together they can coordinate surgery during the same anesthesia but this is rare, most like to divide it which is good ;be patient, takes time to rehab/heal each ...Read more

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How can I improve pain and swelling in my knees? I love to run - have lost 120 lbs. Had torn meniscus repaired. Pain in back of knee & instability

How can I improve pain and swelling in my knees? I love to run - have lost 120 lbs. Had torn meniscus repaired. Pain in back of knee & instability

Orthopaedic Eval.: Consider an orthopaedci evaluation. Weightbearing xrays will be helpful in determining whether or not you have significant arthritis and whether or not the swelling is due to the meniscus tear and/or any underlying arthritis. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I can have a torn meniscus and or ligament tear even though the MRI came back clean? I am constantly have knee pain and buckling

Is it possible that I can have a torn meniscus and or ligament tear even though the MRI came back clean? I am constantly have knee pain and buckling

See details: A normal MRI (if the reading is correct) makes tears unlikely. However, the symptom of buckling is impressive. See the orthopedist and discuss whether an mr-arthrogram is indicated. This is a more sensitive test than the plain mri. ...Read more

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What can be done if a knee MRI comes back negative but the patient is still having problems? Can a MRI miss a medial meniscus tear? Please explain

MRI: Mri can under estimate joint surface cartilage changes that cause pain. Referred pain from vascular or sciatic etiology may also be the culprit. Check with your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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What is gait training? Does plica grow back in the knee? Does having joint line pain suggest that there is a meniscus tear. I having clicking locking.

What is gait training? Does plica grow back in the knee? Does having joint line pain suggest that there is a meniscus tear. I having clicking locking.

Joint pain: Joint line pain is very non specific. It can reflect a meniscal tear but also referred articular cartilage wear to the condyle and/or plateau. It may also reflect inflamed synovium. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a meniscus tear even though the MRI comes back clean? I still experience severe pain when walking and knee buckles and pops

Is it possible to have a meniscus tear even though the MRI comes back clean? I still experience severe pain when walking and knee buckles and pops

Yes, it is possible: 25% of lateral meniscus tears are missed on mri. It is the job of your treating orthopedic surgeon to correlate MRI findings with your symptoms. Sometimes surgery is recommended despite relatively negative MRI findings. On the other hand, your symptoms may have nothing to do with your meniscus. Popping and buckling are not specific to meniscus problems. ...Read more

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I had medial meniscus tear repair surgery synovial plica inflammation and some cartilage damage 3 weeks ago I can't bend my knee is it normal?

I had medial meniscus tear repair surgery synovial plica inflammation and some cartilage damage 3 weeks ago I can't bend my knee is it normal?

Medial meniscus tear: After repair it may need upto 4-6 weeks to get good recovery. So please continue therapy. If your range of motion stopped improving then you need to see your surgeon. ...Read more

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Can a meniscus tear in the knee prevent you from straighten the knee and bearing weight on the effected leg?

Can a meniscus tear in the knee prevent you from straighten the knee and bearing weight on the effected leg?

Absolutely: Yes, a meniscus tear can definitely cause you to have difficulty straightening your leg or bearing weight on it. Particularly what is known as a bucket handle tear in which a part of the tear displaces out further into the joint. I would not hesitate to be seen and thoroughly evaluated. ...Read more

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Thanks for advice on here, I had mri shown lateral meniscus tear heading to ortho in a week. What should I expect, same leg as previous TTT?

Thanks for advice on here, I had mri shown lateral meniscus tear heading to ortho in a week. What should I expect, same leg as previous TTT?

Arthroscopy: The orthopedist may suggest an arthroscopic repair. This would be the most logical approach. Any subsequent therapy would come after a full objective examination of the joint space. ...Read more

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I had surgery for a medial and lateral meniscus tear 4 months ago. I still have pain when I completely straighten my leg. Scar tissue?

I had surgery for a medial and lateral meniscus tear 4 months ago. I still have pain when I completely straighten my leg. Scar tissue?

Meniscal tear postop: It could very well be scar tissue. The meniscus (or menisci-plural) may have continued to tear also. My guess is that you may have underlying arthritis, which often gets exacerbated with a knee injury. The location of your pain is also very important. I would recommend having your surgeon that did the knee scope check you out again if the pain is significant. ...Read more

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Torn meniscus pain on inside & front of knee also have aching pain in front of lower leg and pain in back of knee & tight feeling. Related to injury?

Torn meniscus pain on inside & front of knee also have aching pain in front of lower leg and pain in back of knee & tight feeling. Related to injury?

Likely: This does sound like your symptoms are related to the injury. Pain can radiate to the lower leg and swelling in the knee can often be felt in the back of the knee. ...Read more

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Meniscus tear, ligament tear, and vascular surgery. I'm on a full leg brace, what comes after this? Will I walk with a torn meniscus?

Meniscus tear, ligament tear, and vascular surgery. I'm on a full leg brace, what comes after this? Will I walk with a torn meniscus?

Severe injury: What was repaired,? If only the blood vessels you need to be in the hands of an experienced knee surgeon who can monitor the treatment, which will probably include additional surgery for the meniscus and ligament, to be followed by several months of rehabilatation. ...Read more

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Disuse osteoporosis with bony resorption. What are the ramifications of this osteoarthritis both legs n meniscus tear so I'm in a wheelchair 60% time?

Confusing diagnosis: Disuse osteopenia/osteoporosis can certainly occur secondary to prolonged non-weight-bearing of your lower extremities. It is confusing to me as to why you're in a wheelchair. If you are in a wheelchair 60% of the time, does that mean you're full or partial weight-bearing 40% of the time? The meniscus tear should also not necessitate a wheelchair. I'm confused as to why you utilize a wheelchair. ...Read more

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Lateral knee pain mostly when crossing leg. Full weight bearing/strengh​ (can do ATG bodyweight squats), no swelling or tenderness. Meniscus tear?

Lateral knee pain mostly when crossing leg. Full weight bearing/strengh​ (can do ATG bodyweight squats), no swelling or tenderness. Meniscus tear?

IT Band: Iliotibial Band Syndrome (IT Band) can cause pain on the lateral or outside part of the knee. Most common in runners. Common syndrome aggravated by crossing the affected leg. I would expect more swelling and tenderness with a meniscus tear. Stretching, Cold therapy, rest, and NSAIDS are helpful. Good luck ...Read more

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Will my knee always lock up due to a meniscus tear a month ago?

Will my knee always lock up due to a meniscus tear a month ago?

Possibly.: A torn meniscus can act like a "hangnail" and cause irritation and locking symptoms within the knee. You most likely will require arthroscopic surgery to take care of the problem. ...Read more

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Could you tell me why my knee feels stuck after meniscus tear? Help?

Could you tell me why my knee feels stuck after meniscus tear? Help?

Caught in the joint.: The tear may be flipping in and out of the knee joint, causing locking or catching. Usually, with those types of symptoms, you would require arthroscopic knee surgery, to remove the torn piece of meniscus. ...Read more

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My knee was catching and locking often for a few weeks but is now better. Do I still need to have my torn meniscus repaired? Is this likely to recur?

My knee was catching and locking often for a few weeks but is now better. Do I still need to have my torn meniscus repaired? Is this likely to recur?

Hard to say: Sometimes, with time and/or therapy, surgery can be avoided. If you keep doing exercises and don't reinjuer it, often you can be symptom free for years. Sometimes, though, it can act up without warning. If it keeps giving you trouble or acts up too often, then surgery may be a good choice. Discuss options with your orthopedist. ...Read more

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Can a meniscus tear in the knee heal on its own?

Can a meniscus tear in the knee heal on its own?

No: Once torn, a meniscus does not generally heal on its own. It may however become asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Can you explain a knee scope for a meniscus tear?

Can you explain a knee scope for a meniscus tear?

Easy: Arthroscopy is minimally invasive procedure that entails making access points to the affected joints (holes) through which inspection is carried out. Then instruments are introduced in the joint cavity and whatever arthritis is seen is "cleaned up" and the torn meniscus/ligaments are sewn. ...Read more

Dr. Nolan Segal
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