Why would pregnancy damage a torn meniscus?

Torn meniscus. In pregnancy the weight distribution of the body changes and it is possible to have different type and force of strain that may put more stress over the meniscus in the knee joint.
Probablly not. If the meniscus is torn, the pregnancy will not likely change the underlying problem the extra weight may put extra stress on the meniscal remnant and could cause it to tear futher.

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How can I tell if I have a torn meniscus?

Pain/ swelling. A torn meniscus in someone your age is typically related to an injury. A twisting injury or deep bending of the knee while bearing heavy weight (squats/lunges) are usual mechanisms. Pain along the joint line associated with joint swelling is expected. Swelling may be mild/ moderate. Loss of full extension or pain with full flexion or extension and catching/ locking sensation highly suggestive. Read more...
Meniscal tears. There are several types of meniscal tears (see pic). Some meniscal tears occur w/ acute injury & some as degenerative changes (over time). Common symptoms include pain, swelling, clicking/ popping, locking/ catching, giving way, and/ or limited range of motion. Hope this helps. You may wish to try thessaly test, but it is best if you let a physician examine you and possibly order an MRI to be sure. Read more...

What is the recovery time on a torn meniscus?

1-6 weeks. For meniscus surgeries in an otherwise healthy patient in excellent condition, the arthroscopy does not need too much time to recover from. I have had patients walk out from surgery and never turn back. However, patients are often deconditioned because of the injury. This causes muscle (especially quads) weakness and inhibition that takes longer to recover from. Read more...
Varies. Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you. Read more...