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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?

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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Something slipping

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.

In brief: Something slipping

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.
Dr. John Goldman
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Dr. Chittur Ananthakrishnan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction

In brief: Usually does

Displacements of meniscii usually happen after a tear of its attachments or injury to its substance.
In either case it can be symptomatic and needs to investigated as the treatment depends on the findings.

In brief: Usually does

Displacements of meniscii usually happen after a tear of its attachments or injury to its substance.
In either case it can be symptomatic and needs to investigated as the treatment depends on the findings.
Dr. Chittur Ananthakrishnan
Dr. Chittur Ananthakrishnan
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