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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Meniscus Tear In Knee

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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
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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: Some time the patient come to us because of knee pain, after we take MRI we see that he have degenerative tear in the meniscus, most likely started as torn meniscus was not treated then end up with arthritis. Good luck. ...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