What's the key difference between a knee sprain and a small lateral meniscus tear?

Ligament/cartilage. A knee sprain is a stretch or tear of a ligament. A ligament connects a bone to a bone. 4 major ligaments of the knee- ACL, PCL, MCL, PCL. The meniscus is a C-shaped cartilage structure that sits between the femur and tibia. One on the outside/lateral meniscus and one on the inside/medial meniscus. A wide # of treatments exists for each. If I can help, then www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes.

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I had surgery for a medial and lateral meniscus tear 4 months ago. I still have pain when I completely straighten my leg. Scar tissue?

Meniscal tear postop. It could very well be scar tissue. The meniscus (or menisci-plural) may have continued to tear also. My guess is that you may have underlying arthritis, which often gets exacerbated with a knee injury. The location of your pain is also very important. I would recommend having your surgeon that did the knee scope check you out again if the pain is significant. Read more...

Thanks for advice on here, I had mri shown lateral meniscus tear heading to ortho in a week. What should I expect, same leg as previous TTT?

Arthroscopy. The orthopedist may suggest an arthroscopic repair. This would be the most logical approach. Any subsequent therapy would come after a full objective examination of the joint space. Read more...