How do I know if I have a torn meniscus?

MRI. Because the symptoms of a torn meniscus are similar to many problems inside the knee (pain, catching, feelings of instability) the only way to really know is an mri. An experienced physician can usually be faily confident after a history and exam, but the pictures of the MRI are the best evidence other than really looking inside the knee.
Pain. You may have pain along the joint line of the knee, and joint line pain with twisting or pivoting activities. A clinical exam and probably an MRI would be necessary.

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have 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...

How do I know if I have a torn meniscus? Is that the same as a knee sprain?

Torn Meniscus. You cannot know this without the help of an mri. It is worse than a knee sprain. Read more...
Not exactly. No technically a torn meniscus is not really a knee sprain. Sprains refer to injuring a ligament, in the knee this would refer to the acl/pcl or either of the collateral ligaments. Meniscus is a cartilage cushion but certainly can be torn. Honestly, unless you get an MRI there is no real way to know if you have torn your meniscus. But there are other reasons for your knee pain. Read more...