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Dr. Frederick Buechel
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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 is the definition or description of: torn meniscus?

What is the definition or description of: torn meniscus?

Torn cartilage: 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. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Buechel
326 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 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. ...Read 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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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