What is a Meniscus Tear?
A torn meniscus or meniscus injury is an injury to the specific cartilage in your knee joint. The meniscus is sandwiched between the cartilage surfaces of the knee ultimately helping distribute weight and improve the stability of the knee.
What are the causes of a Meniscus Tear?
The specific cause of a meniscus tear can vary greatly but there are some broader categories that they often fall in:
- Heavyweight lifting
- Traumatic injury often sports related, with a twisting of the knee
What are the signs and symptoms of a Meniscus Tear?
Pain and weakness are generally the primary signs and symptoms of a meniscus tear like many other orthopedic. This can be constant or aggravated with movement. There are some unique signs to a meniscus tear. Some specific signs to look for are:
- Swelling of the knee
- Tenderness when pressing on the meniscus
- Popping or clicking within the knee
What are risk factors of a Meniscus Tear?
Most risk factors for a SLAP tear or injury are unavoidable. But generally, they can be related to:
- Movement with High knee twisting
How is a Meniscus Tear diagnosed?
Understand your injury and the specific behind it are key to diagnosing and determining the proper treatment for a meniscus tear. X-ray and MRI are helpful in identifying arthritis and indications of a tear but are not 100% conclusive in determining the proper treatment.
What are possible treatments for a Meniscus Tear?
Possible treatments (non-invasive) to address an ACL tear/injury are physical therapy, rehab and rest. When those are not helping return strength or alleviate pain, meniscus surgery may be necessary.
Are there preventative steps or measures to avoid a Meniscus Tear?
Some preventative steps are exercise, stretching, and overall strengthing of the knee.
What are the risks if a Meniscus Tear is left untreated?
Risks if left untreated are mostly centered around prolonged pain, weakness, loss of function and advanced tearing.