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What Is The Best Otc Pain Reliever For A Meniscus Tear In The Knee
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
NO: Microfracture is done when the end of the bone cartilage surface has an area that is worn off. You then use a small "pick" to puncture the bone in the area that the cartilage is worn off to try to make the bone bleed onto this surface and create some scar cartilage to form in the cartilage defect area. The repair cartilage is not normal cartilage but can help some patients. Not for meniscus tear. ...Read more
I was wonderful how does one get an meniscus tear in the knee also my knee is out of place leaning towards the left what causes this to happen?
Turning, twisting...: Turning, twisting, squatting maneuvers are common mechanisms of injury for meniscus tears. As we age the meniscus can become more ' brittle' as it loses its water content and ' degenerative' tears are quite common w/ getting in/ out of a a car and other simple mechanisms. Sounds like you have a valgus ('knock- kneed')knee and is a normal 'variant', esp. In women. Best of Luck! ...Read more
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
Can a meniscus tear in the knee prevent you from straighten the knee and bearing weight on the effected leg?
Absolutely: Yes, a meniscus tear can definitely cause you to have difficulty straightening your leg or bearing weight on it. Particularly what is known as a bucket handle tear in which a part of the tear displaces out further into the joint. I would not hesitate to be seen and thoroughly evaluated. ...Read more
Is surgery the only way to fix a medial meniscus tear in the knee? Can someone having burning and there knee?
Knee surgery: A meniscal tear can be treated conservatively or non operatively with physical therapy and a knee sleeve understanding of course that this will not "heal" the tear. As long as one is not experiencing "locking" symptoms and decreased range of motion with stiffness -assuming of course you do not have dramatic arthritis there is no immediate rush for knee arthroscopy. ...Read more
What does acute medial meniscus tear mean? Does this mean a actually tear in the knee joint? Please help
Yes a: A tear in the meniscus of the knee toward the middle yes an actual tear in one of the pads between the thigh bone and shin bone ...Read more
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
Workout as tolerated: Not all meniscal tears are the same. Unstable tears will cause pain when provoked by activities such as running, cutting, and pivoting (changing direction rapidly). Unless surgery is indicated, you should be able to slowly advance as tolerated with your normal workouts. Avoidance of high impact aerobic activities, running, jumping and deep knee bending is often recommended initially. ...Read more
Not usually: Swimming can often be a fantastatic exercise for patients with knee injuries and patients suffering from arthritis. The water reduces the amount of pressure placed across the joint with activity. Aqua therapy is often a useful adjunct to a successful injury recovery program. ...Read more
Repair vs debrided?: If you underwent a partial removal of the torn portion of the meniscus (partial mensicectomy), your recuperation period would generally be quicker than if you underwent a repair of the torn meniscus (meniscal repair). Jogging is routinely allowed by 3-4 months after meniscectomy, and after 4-6 months when it is repaired. Underlying arthritis (cartilage loss) would also slow your recovery. ...Read more
My knee hurts after I push off the wall with a flip turn when I'm swimming, could it be a meniscus tear?
Is there anything that can be done for chronic knee pain with possible meniscus tear or displacement? Please help
Orthopedic question is there any knee test that someone can do on there own to know if they have a meniscus tear or not? Please help thanks
There are multiple: There are multiple tests someone can do. A good exam can pick up a tear. Pain over the joint line is a sign of an injury. Specifically a mcmurray test is a test that is done where you can feel the tear move. Clinical signs are locking, buckling, and painful clicking in the knee with walking. Meniscal tears often hurt with deep knee flexion or such as squatting and with pivoting (twisting). ...Read more
Have slipped disks and meniscus tear in rt knee. I have been having pain from top of rt buttock down behind rt knee. Related to back or knee?
Had meniscus tear repair op 2 months ago. Healed well. Knee became painful 2 weeks ago. Little stiffness no change in range. Should I be worried?
Post op meniscus: If u have no swelling nor symptoms of the knee feeling like it is going to lock or give out probably not. If pain and stiffness persist for another 2 weeks go back to your surgeon. ...Read more
10 mths ago MRI showed grade 2 degen meniscus tear. New MRI results state no tear. Could it have healed? Knee was locking weekly up until 1 month ago.
Yes: Yes, meniscal tears can absolutely heal, and this at also be why you are not having your symptoms of knee locking anymore. Good news all around. ...Read more
2years ago an Mri showed meniscus tear it wasn't treated at all and now knee is swelled and is extremely painful can't stand on it what can I do, wrong?
Quick fix and more: See an orthopedic surgeon or a physiatrist. They can evaluate the knee. If appropriate, they can drain the fluid and that will give you some immediate relief. Use ice and a compression wrap which will also reduce the pain a bit. Use a cane or crutches so that you take some weight off the affected leg and try to walk without stressing the other leg or your back! But see the Doc, get a diagnosis. ...Read more
I have had two knee scopes done on both of my knees and they still give me problem. They swell, pop, I can't climb stairs. Can I have another meniscus tear?
Unlikely: Many arthroscopic procedures to fix minor tears or clean up the knee are unnecessary and unhelpful. Your issue is much more likely to be osteoarthritic pain than a true symptomatic tear. ...Read more
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
Yes: That often is the case with a posterior horn tear. ...Read more
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
Meniscal tear: Ice would help, strengthening your quads and hamstrings will help was well, gentle stretching too ...Read more