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Can symptoms of meniscus tear be confused with knee arthritis?

Can symptoms of meniscus tear be confused with knee arthritis?

Imaging: Many physical symptoms of meniscal tears and arthritis are similar. The best way to know for sure is with an mri. While an x-ray can show narrowing of a joint space that would indicate arthritis, a MRI would be a sure way to rule out a meniscal tear. ...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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Meniscus tear in knee--is it painful?

Meniscus tear in knee--is it painful?

Yes at times: Menicus tears can be painful but some can settle down and be tolerable for years if smaller. People complain of difficulty squatting, twisting, getting up from chairs or toilets, going up and especially down stairs, sometimes sleeping and turning in bed hurts or touching your knees together in bed hurts. Injections of cortisone can give temporary relief, arthroscopy and menisectomy is the fix. ...Read more

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I've a possible small meniscus tear in knee, what is relative rest and how should I limit myself at gym? I've been told 6-8 weeks, if not healed mri

I've a possible small meniscus tear in knee, what is relative rest and how should I limit myself at gym? I've been told 6-8 weeks, if not healed mri

Varies: It really varies quite a bit based upon the size and location of the tear. Some tears dont heal at all and require surgery to fix or excise, while other can heal quite uneventfully very quickly. 6-8 weeks with follow up is a very reasonable recommendation. ...Read more

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Can a baker cyst untreated cause a meniscus tear knee injury twisted and stumbled

Can a baker cyst untreated cause a meniscus tear knee injury twisted and stumbled

No: Bakers cyst usually secondary to meniscus tear or arthritis. If you fell (regardless of reason), then you can tear your meniscus. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a meniscus tear? What does it mean when a MRI says a displacement at the meniscus root? Does that cause a knee to lock?

What are the symptoms of a meniscus tear? What does it mean when a MRI says a displacement at the meniscus root? Does that cause a knee to lock?

Giving way: Meniscal tears usually cause mechanical instability. The primary symptom is buckling or giving out. A displaced meniscus can cause the knee to lock. The meniscal root is where it attaches either in the front or back of the knee. Depending on your age it can be repaired or removed but is almost always a surgical treatment. See a good orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Can symptoms of a meniscus tear be confused with plain knee arthritis?

Can symptoms of a meniscus tear be confused with plain knee arthritis?

Yes: Often a meniscus tear and knee arthritis such as loss of cartilage are seen in the same joint, particularly in older people. In these people they are called degenerative meniscal tears. Symptoms of an acute meniscus tear are swelling, pain, the knee having a catching feeling with bending and restraightening or locking of the knee, also many people report a sense of instability in the knee. ...Read more

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Torn left knee meniscus twice, torn right achillis tendon, and symptoms of right knee meniscus tear after mri, no trauma, what could be the cause?!

Torn left knee meniscus twice, torn right achillis tendon, and symptoms of right knee meniscus tear after mri, no trauma, what could be the cause?!

Some activity: You do not have to have a specific injury to cause a meniscal tear. Sometimes the meniscus can degenerate and tear from repetitive activities such as running basketball and other pseudotraumatic sports i would work a lot on strengthening and plyometrics to help prevent further problems. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a torn meniscus of knee?

What are the symptoms of a torn meniscus of knee?

Pain.: Pain along the joint line, pain, or locking/catching with rotational actions, such as rolling over in bed, getting in/out of a car, putting on socks, etc. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a meniscus tear in your knee?

How can you tell if you have a meniscus tear in your knee?

Evaluation: History-injury, clicking, pain , popping, giving way. Physical exam findings. Mri. Surgery. ...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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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

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What are the symptoms of a torn meniscus in the knee?

What are the symptoms of a torn meniscus in the knee?

Varied: Typical symptoms of this problem are swelling of the knee, pain in the knee, giving way of the knee. You should see your orthopedic specialist and obtain an MRI ...Read more

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What is the typical recovery time for a meniscus tear in the knee?

What is the typical recovery time for a meniscus tear in the knee?

It depends: It depends on what procedure you will be having and whether or not there is any associated osteoarthritis as well. For a straightforward arthroscopy and removal of a torn piece of meniscus, the recovery is generally very rapid. If a repair is performed, the recovery is slightly longer. If there is osteoarthritis present, the recovery and theresults are less predictable. ...Read more

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If you have a torn meniscus in your knee does it tear more if you walk on it?

If you have a torn meniscus  in your knee does it tear more if you walk on it?

Depends on…: Location of tear & degree of tear & types of activities u r involved in. Actions that involve rapid change of direction on weight-bearing knee can exacerbate injury. Simple walking shouldn't cause problems unless a piece of cartilage tears free (joint mouse) & catches, causing decreased range of motion. Follow up with orthopedic/sports medicine specialist. ...Read more

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