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Have meniscus tear w/loose foreign object. Unable to do surgery at the moment. Will eliptical machine exercise create more damage? Or yoga?

Have meniscus tear w/loose foreign object. Unable to do surgery at the moment. Will eliptical machine exercise create more damage? Or yoga?

Perhaps: With a meniscus tear and a loose body, there is a good chance that you may develop locking or catching in the knee. It is a good idea to avoid twisting excercises until you have the surgery. In the meantime, straight line exercising (such as eliptical) should be ok. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Buechel
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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 have meniscus tear in my left knee, I am 5.4" and weigh 70 kg, i want to lose some weight what are my knee pain free exercise options?

I have meniscus tear in my left knee, I am 5.4" and weigh 70 kg, i want to lose some weight what are my knee pain free exercise options?

Exercise no help: If there is a significant tear causing pain, then exercises will not cause the pain to disappear. You need arthroscopic surgery to repair the tear. Over time, an unrepaired repair can cause damage to the articular cartilage. ...Read more

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Had small meniscus tear in spring. Completed specialist rec. RICE and phy therapy, but now same knee is stiff/sore after exercise. Please advise.

Had small meniscus tear in spring. Completed specialist rec. RICE and phy therapy, but now same knee is stiff/sore after exercise. Please advise.

May need surgery: If you underwent an attempt at non operative care for a meniscus and are still having symptoms, it suggests it probably did not heal. You may be a candidate for arthroscopic surgery. I would discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Could an already torn meniscus continue to increasingly tear?

Could an already torn meniscus continue to increasingly tear?

Probably: In general, meniscus tears do not heal. As stress across the injured area persists, a small tear can propagate in to a bigger one, much like a crack in the windshield of a car. This may vary with the location and type of tear and the type of activity the knee is enduring. If symptoms persist, treatment is recommended. ...Read more

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Can a meniscus tear heal on its own?

Can a meniscus tear heal on its own?

Yes, it can, BUT it-: Is rather unlikely, as they generally don't, unless the tear is a minor one. I don't think they heal but they certainly become symptom-free. Surgery can help certain types of the tears by repairing them which are dependent on the specific site they occur in. Most are however not amenable to repair. ...Read more

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How to exercise with a torn meniscus?

How to exercise with a torn meniscus?

Listen to your body: You'll want to avoid motions that cause pain. Consider quadricep strengthening exercise but be careful about your range of motion. Avoid a >90 degree(right angle) bend in your knees, like if you are doing squats and/or lunges. Also avoid any heavy loaded squats or lunges. Be careful about rotational movements around your injured knee, like where you would plant and turn. ...Read more

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Prognosis of not repairing inner meniscus tear?

Could: Be meniscal injury or arthritic issue happening. If orthopedic specialist can't help you maybe an option to look at is stem cell pr platelet therapy options. Check out Regenexx.Com. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise (Definition)

Exercise is physical activity, such as walking, running, swimming, biking, ...Read more