Torn Meniscus

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What Is a Torn Meniscus?

A torn meniscus refers to the tearing of the cartilage in the knee, known as the meniscus. The meniscus acts as a cushion between the shinbone and thighbone, and when damaged, it can cause pain, swelling, and limited mobility in the knee. 

What Causes a Torn Meniscus?

Torn meniscus injuries can result from various factors, including:

  • Twisting: Sudden twisting or rotating of the knee, often during sports activities.
  • Aging: Degeneration of the meniscus over time, making it more prone to tears.
  • Sports Injuries: High-impact sports or activities that involve abrupt stops and turns.
  • Lifting Heavy Objects: Strain on the knee while lifting heavy objects can contribute to tears.
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What Are The Signs & Symptoms of a Torn Meniscus?

Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a torn meniscus includes:

Pain: Sharp or persistent pain, often along the joint line of the knee.

Swelling: Inflammation around the knee, especially in the initial stages.

Restricted Movement: Difficulty fully extending or flexing the knee.

Popping Sensation: Some individuals may experience a popping or clicking sound during movement.

Locking: In severe cases, the knee may feel it is “locking” during activities or when going from a seated to a standing position.

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The Testing & Diagnosis Process for a Torn Meniscus

Diagnosing a torn meniscus typically involves:

Physical Examination: Evaluation of symptoms, range of motion, and joint stability.

Imaging Tests: MRI scans to visualize the extent and location of the meniscal tear.

What Are The Treatments for a Torn Meniscus?

Treatment options for a torn meniscus may include:

Physical Therapy: Exercises to strengthen the knee and improve flexibility.

Medications: Pain relief through anti-inflammatory medications.

Arthroscopic Surgery: For severe tears, arthroscopic surgery can be performed to trim or repair the torn meniscus.

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