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Could an already torn meniscus continue to increasingly tear?

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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery
5 doctors agree

In brief: Probably

In general, meniscus tears do not heal.
As stress across the injured area persists, a small tear can propagate in to a bigger one, much like a crack in the windshield of a car. This may vary with the location and type of tear and the type of activity the knee is enduring. If symptoms persist, treatment is recommended.

In brief: Probably

In general, meniscus tears do not heal.
As stress across the injured area persists, a small tear can propagate in to a bigger one, much like a crack in the windshield of a car. This may vary with the location and type of tear and the type of activity the knee is enduring. If symptoms persist, treatment is recommended.
Dr. Vishal Shah
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Dr. Bruce Prager
If you have mechanical symtoms: locking, catching, giving out from the torn meniscus then surgery is inevitable.
Dr. Howard Luks
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes...

The mensical tissue in our knee can wear out like your favorite pair of jeans.
.. Or it can tear as the result of an injury. Once torn, most tears will not heal... But many will not hurt after a period of rest. If you chose non-surgical mgmt, there is always a risk the tear will become larger... But that , in and of itself is not a good reason to consider surgery.

In brief: Yes...

The mensical tissue in our knee can wear out like your favorite pair of jeans.
.. Or it can tear as the result of an injury. Once torn, most tears will not heal... But many will not hurt after a period of rest. If you chose non-surgical mgmt, there is always a risk the tear will become larger... But that , in and of itself is not a good reason to consider surgery.
Dr. Howard Luks
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Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Torn meniscus

Yes a torn meniscus can continue to tear over time if not properly treated.

In brief: Torn meniscus

Yes a torn meniscus can continue to tear over time if not properly treated.
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Dr. Gregory Harvey
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