KNEE
MENISCUS TEAR

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MENISCUS TEAR   (VIEW VIDEO)

Anatomy

Normal knee anatomy

Description

(Left) Bucket handle tear. (Right) Flap tear.

(Left) Radial tear. (Right) Degenerative tear.

Cause

Symptoms

  • Pain
  • Stiffness and swelling
  • Catching or locking of your knee
  • The sensation of your knee "giving way"
  • You are not able to move your knee through its full range of motion

Doctor Examination

Physical Examination and Patient History

Imaging Tests

  • X-rays. Although x-rays do not show meniscus tears, they may show other causes of knee pain, such as osteoarthritis.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This study can create better images of the soft tissues of your knee joint, like a meniscus.

Treatment

Nonsurgical Treatment

  • Rest. Take a break from the activity that caused the injury. Your doctor may recommend that you use crutches to avoid putting weight on your leg.
  • Ice. Use cold packs for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day. Do not apply ice directly to the skin.
  • Compression. To prevent additional swelling and blood loss, wear an elastic compression bandage.
  • Elevation. To reduce swelling, recline when you rest, and put your leg up higher than your heart.

Surgical Treatment

Knee arthroscopy.

A camera and instruments inserted through portals in a knee.

Close-up of partial meniscectomy.

Rehabilitation

Recovery

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