What does a meniscus or ligament tear feel like?

Knee wobbly and. Swelling of the knee, instability/giving way, popping/clicking/crunching/grinding, locking and stiffness.

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If someone has a meniscus or ligament tear is okay to to ice in the area? I am in so much pain I don't know what to do until I get my MRI report?

Ice or heating Pad. I personally like to use ice pack for the first 5-7 days, and after that a heating pad. That + nsaids would certainly help. Read more...
Yes it is fine. You will notice that in sports teams there is a team doctor and they use ice or heat. I tell the patients their body sense is good. If it feels better to ice it then go ahead. If gentle heat helps then do so. But then go over yuor MRI withy our orthopedic surgeon and hope your symptoms get better with conservative treatment. Read more...

Is it still possible to have a meniscus tear and ligament tear even when the MRI scans show nothing?

For sure. This is a great question and a touchy subject. 1st of all, MRI cannot make the diagnosis 100% of the time even in the best of hands (with the top rad in the world). There are many technical limitations that come into play, the tear may be small or partial, and different magnets have varying quality. Tears can be present and missed. Consider getting another opinion from an orthopedic radiologist. Read more...
Meniscus. Mri is most sensitive test available. If negative pain from other source. Read more...