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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Torn Meniscus (Overview)

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 need surgery to fix.


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What exercises help or hinder a torn meniscus?

What exercises help or hinder a torn meniscus?

Be Mindful: Depends on your age, degree of symptoms or pain, and degree of arthritis. Many meniscus tears may be minimal in terms of pain, and so a quadriceps and hamstring strengthening program which avoids impact may be beneficial. However, if the tear is associated with significant pain, swelling or instability, arthroscopic meniscectomy should be considered, especially in the absence of arthritic change.

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
354 doctors shared insights

Torn Meniscus (Overview)

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 need surgery to fix.


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What are symptoms of a torn meniscus?

What are symptoms of a  torn meniscus?

Meniscal tears: There are several types of meniscal tears (see pic). Some meniscal tears occur with acute injury and 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.

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Torn meniscus (Tip)

Your knee is hurting. Meniscus clicks and pops. Surgery can help. ...See more

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Treating a Torn Meniscus (Checklist)

Get imaging, including MRI, to be sure that is the only issue
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Discuss NSAIDs with physician
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Start physical therapy
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Consider pool therapy
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What are the signs of a torn meniscus?

What are the signs of a torn meniscus?

Joint line pain or: The hinge where your femur meets your tibia will be tender and can click or catch typically on the inside. Clicking and catching are two positive tests for a meniscus tear. The patfem joint is the joint around your kneecap. If you have swelling in your knee, joint line pain and a history of an injury the likelihood of a meniscus tear is more significant.

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I was diagnosed with a torn meniscus last year and itsettled without surgery. I went dancing last night and nowthe left side of my left knee is hurting. What could be the reason?

I was diagnosed with a torn meniscus last year and itsettled without surgery. I went dancing last night and nowthe left side of my left knee is hurting. What could be the reason?

Tears don't heal: While your pain may have improved, once torn the meniscus doesn't heal so your slick moves on the dance floor probably flared things up. Try to give it a couple weeks to rest, ice, nsaids but if previously diagnosed and hurting again you may need something further. See doc if pain continues.

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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Could i further damage a torn meniscus especially if you don't know that it's torn.

Could i further damage a torn meniscus especially if you don't know that it's torn.

Yes: Depending upon how the meniscus is torn, it would be possible to extend the tear with activities. This would be a little bit like extending a "hang-nail" by catching it on something. If you feel you have a torn meniscus, you should have this evaluated before engaging in activities that might cause a larger tear.

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Can untreated bakers cyst cause a torn meniscus please clarify answer. Could torn meniscus, have been in 1st MRI and not have been seen due to bakers cyst, covering it somehow?

Can untreated bakers cyst cause a torn meniscus please clarify answer. Could torn meniscus, have been in 1st MRI and not have been seen due to bakers cyst, covering it somehow?

See answer: A baker’s cyst is a posterior medial knee protrusion of the joint between the semi-membranosus and gastrocnemius tendons. It fills with joint fluid when there is synovial irritation. A meniscal tear is a source of synovial inflammation forming the bakers cyst – the cyst is a consequence, not a cause. One treats the meniscal tear, not the cyst.

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What can I do if my torn meniscus hurts at night, does this mean i need surgery?

What can I do if my torn meniscus hurts at night, does this mean i need surgery?

Likely: If you have reproducible joint line pain, swelling, or decreased range of motion you will likely require surgery. I'm assuming you have a tear on mri. If the pain prevents you from staying active follow up with your orthopedist

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How should I treat a torn meniscus?

How should I treat a torn meniscus?

Depends on symptoms: Not all meniscal tears are managed the same way. Tear specifics (such as chronicity, tear morphology and location), patient specifics (age, activity level, symptoms of pain/catching) play a major role in determining whether operative (arthroscopic repair vs. Debridement) or nonoperative management is best. You should discuss your specific tear with your orthopaedic surgeon to asses your options.

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I had a torn meniscus. Treated with arthroscopic surgery. Meniscus related complaints resolved but i now. Have new complaints. Normal?

I had a torn meniscus.  Treated with arthroscopic surgery.  Meniscus related complaints resolved but i now. Have new complaints.  Normal?

More Specific: There are a few causes for continued or different systems following arthroscopic partial menisectomy. If the symptoms are pain in the front of your knee you likely need to see a pt to rehab the knee. If you have contined or intermittent swelling it may be related to pre-existing arthritis which may be treated by injections. Discuss your symptoms with your surgeon as they would best be able to help.

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Treatment for torn meniscus and partial torn lateral collateral ligament in left knee diagnosed by MRI scan?

Treatment for torn meniscus and partial torn lateral collateral ligament in left knee diagnosed by MRI scan?

Depends: The treatment depends on your exam and symptoms but most meniscal tears are well treated by arthroscopic partial menisectomy while the partial lcl tear probably requires bracing and rehab. Again this is predicated by your exam and not the mri.

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What are the treatments for a torn meniscus?

What are the treatments for a torn meniscus?

Usually surgery: If a meniscus is known to be torn and causing pain and problems it is probably best to have your knee scoped and the cartilage either repaired or trimmed off. There are reports of injections such as prp being used for meniscus tears but there is not any good evidence that it will help.

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How do I get rid of knee pain after surgery for a torn meniscus over 1 year ago?

How do I get rid of knee pain after surgery for a torn meniscus over 1 year ago?

Arthroscopy: If you have a meniscal tear and it hasn't improved after a year it probably won't you will then need to undergo an arthroscopic procedure to correct the problem. Then your pain should be improved. If you already had a procedure, then the question is how much of your pain is from arthritis or do you have a new injury.

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If I have a torn meniscus what risks would I be taking by snowboarding once?

If I have a torn meniscus what risks would I be taking by snowboarding once?

Risky: As a snowboarder, i can share with you that there is significant stress placed on knees, regardless of whether you snowboard "regular foot" or "goofy foot." the weighing and unweighing of the knees that occurs with snowboarding, with the twisting motion involved with snowboarding will be very risky for someone who has a torn meniscus.

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How long can it take for a partially torn meniscus to heal?

How long can it take for a partially torn meniscus to heal?

Depends: Depends on location, severity , blood supply, activity level. If it is going to heal it can take 3 months.

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I might need surgery because i might have a torn meniscus and i play golf. Any ways to avoid it?

Well surgery is deci: Decided by you and your surgeon. Discuss this with your surgeon. All meniscus tears do not need surgery.

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What can cause a torn meniscus?

What can cause a torn  meniscus?

Twisting.: Very often a meniscus tear is caused by a twisting/torquing injury to your knee.

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Dr. Jack Farr
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Knee Meniscus Tear (Definition)

A common knee injury in which the meniscus, a rubbery, C-shaped disc that cushions your knee, gets torn or stretched.. Each knee has two menisci (plural of meniscus)-one at the outer edge of the knee and one at the inner edge. The menisci keep your knee steady by balancing your ...Read more