what is a complex tear of the medial meniscus

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Dr. Chad Zooker answered:

What causes a complex tear of the medial meniscus?

Mensicus tear

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Meniscus tears are usually caused by twisting injuries to the knee. As we get older, then amount of energy needed to tear a meniscus decreases as the properties of the meniscus change. Complex tears involve injuries in multiple planes of the meniscus rather than one single tear. Older individuals will often have these types of tears and degeneration in the knee likely plays a role.
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Is a displacement of the medial meniscus root a tear? what kind of damage is being done every time the knee clunks?

Something slipping

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In the knee there is both a medial meniscus and a lateral meniscus. The meniscus is cartilage and it can tear and it can slip. Slipping can be felt as you suggest but other things can cause a clunk like the patella - the kneecap. Imaging studies can actually show slippage. Does your knee lock. Locking is a common complaint of meniscus tears. To tell if you have damage you need evaluation.
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There is a apical truncation of the free edge of the body of the medial meniscus with some medial extrusion no tear seen what does this mean? Help

Osteoarthritis

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This is typically seen with osteoarthritis. As the joint space narrows the meniscus can be extruded or pushed out of the joint space. You should be evaluated by an orthopedist if you are having pain. There are several treatment options including physical therapy, NSAID's, and injections.
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Is a medial meniscus root displacement a tear or not? Please explain

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to answer this again yes it is a tear and it can be treated surgically you should really see and discuss this with an orthopedic surgeon fact to face to get this problem delt with best of luck to you
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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied answered:

What is a medial meniscus root displacement? Is this a tear at the meniscus root?

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The root of the meniscus get torn and displace into the joint.
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Dr. Jeffrey Sider answered:

Does a slight superior medial meniscus root displacement mean that their is a tear at the meniscus? Please explain.

Probably

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Obviously you are referring to an MRI result It the patient is symptomatic by symptoms and exam, they will likely undergo arthroscopic .evaluation and potential menisectomy As recently as last week I performed an arthroscopy on a patient with firm physical findings but vague MRI findings One must put the whole pic together and do whatever is necessary to get the patient better
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I need a question explained is a medial meniscus root displacement considered a tear or not? What kind of physical exam do they do to determine a tear

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hi welcome this sounds like a meniscal injury. it is often called a bucket tear. with med. meniscal injury you have a positive mcmurray test. you immobilize the knee in flexion and do medial and lateral stresses and check for deformity or pain or a click ery difficult test to perform
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Is a torn medial meniscus operable in teens? I was told that my 15 yr old most likely has torn cartiladge in his knee from an auto accident two years ago when he jammed his knee on the dashboard. I dont know yet if the tear was missed on the original MRI,

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The good news: a meniscus tear is repairable and most likely to heal in this age group. I can't determine from your question if a meniscus tear has been diagnosed. If it has, and your son has had 2 years of knee pain, surgery may be a reasonable option. I can add a comment later if you would like to add any additional info.
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Dr. Raj Sinha answered:

I had an MRI and it indicated I had a slight tear in my medial meniscus. I also have RA but am very active. I do about 45-60 minutes of cardio daily, plus strength training and flexibitliy. Most of the time the cardio is a combination of running, bikin

OK to be active

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Meniscal tears can cause pain and/or mechanical symtoms such as catching, locking, giving way, grinding and swelling. The mechanical symptoms, if they interfere with activity, usually require arthroscopic surgery to correct. Pain can be controlled with NSAIDs, physical therapy and cortisone injections into the joint. It is ok to be active as long as there are no mechanical symptoms.
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Does a partial tear of the medial meniscus posterior horn root need surgery?

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If symptomatic then the answer would be yes. Not All meniscus tears especially partial ones require surgery. However please understand that the meniscus has very poor healing capacity on its own.
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