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Meniscus Injury


Presentation

  • This depends on the type of tear present, the age and functional activity level of the patient, the presence of associated arthritis of the knee, or the degree and type of symptoms present. In other situation, surgical treatment may be recommended.[dumontortho.com]
  • Skeletally mature adolescents are more likely to present with concomitant ligament tears while skeletally immature children more often present with a discoid meniscus; but, both groups are affected by the same meniscal tear patterns.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Pain
  • Pain Relief A well-constructed knee brace will have an unloading effect on the wearer's knee. The brace reduces the direct pressure from your upper leg on your meniscus, which results in pain relief.[mcdavidusa.com]
  • There are three types of meniscus tears: 1) A minor tear: usually occurs with some slight pain and swelling. Surgery is not usually required and recovery time is in the two-to-three week range. 2) A moderate tear: causes much more pain and swelling.[businessinsider.com]
  • Beside the pain and reduced usability of the leg, the cartilage will be damaged and in the long term osteoarthrosis occur. Therapy Most OP needed. Small cracks without symptoms can be treated conservative.[chirurgie-alstertal.de]
  • Medicines You can take over-the-counter painkillers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, to help with any pain. Your doctor may prescribe stronger painkillers if your pain is severe.[bupa.co.uk]
  • Torn meniscus causes pain, swelling, stiffness, catching or locking sensation in your knee making you unable to move your knee through its complete range of motion.[dumontortho.com]
Swelling
  • Once the majority of the swelling goes down, the focus will be on regaining the strength in your affected thigh. Quadriceps strength is important here because it controls extension of the knee.[mcdavidusa.com]
  • There are three types of meniscus tears: 1) A minor tear: usually occurs with some slight pain and swelling. Surgery is not usually required and recovery time is in the two-to-three week range. 2) A moderate tear: causes much more pain and swelling.[businessinsider.com]
  • The initial treatment will be to control your pain and swelling using the PRICE and HARM self help measures. Details of these can be found on the next tab. Further treatments include physiotherapy, medicines and surgery.[bupa.co.uk]
  • In older adults, the meniscus can be damaged following prolonged 'wear and tear' called a ballsack swelling of the knee joint.[en.wikipedia.org]
  • Torn meniscus causes pain, swelling, stiffness, catching or locking sensation in your knee making you unable to move your knee through its complete range of motion.[dumontortho.com]
Surgical Procedure
  • Surgical Treatment Knee arthroscopy is the commonly recommended surgical procedure for meniscal tears. The surgical treatment options include meniscus removal (meniscectomy), meniscus repair, and meniscus replacement.[dumontortho.com]
Physician
  • A conservative physician will opt out of surgery and attempt to have you rehabilitate your knee by wearing a knee brace and partaking in a physical therapy program.[mcdavidusa.com]
Fracture
  • One patient had an associated tibial spine fracture. There were no significant differences in meniscal tear complexity, location, zone, or surgeon-determined ability to repair the tear between the two groups.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
Contusion
  • A contusion like that does hurt (and may hurt Gonzalez's power in the short term), but his long-term prognosis is pretty good.[businessinsider.com]
Arthritis
  • This depends on the type of tear present, the age and functional activity level of the patient, the presence of associated arthritis of the knee, or the degree and type of symptoms present. In other situation, surgical treatment may be recommended.[dumontortho.com]

Treatment

  • Aside from surgery, less invasive treatments can help as well, including rest, ice, pain relievers and physical therapy. After a meniscus tear, you're also going to want to start researching quality knee braces.[mcdavidusa.com]
  • Treatments of meniscal injuries Most meniscal tears that cause symptoms don’t heal by themselves and will need some form of treatment. You’ll usually need to go to A&E with this kind of injury.[bupa.co.uk]
  • In other situation, surgical treatment may be recommended. Surgical Treatment Knee arthroscopy is the commonly recommended surgical procedure for meniscal tears.[dumontortho.com]
  • Our findings also suggest that earlier treatment of meniscus tears may increase the likelihood of repair in younger patients.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

Prognosis

  • A contusion like that does hurt (and may hurt Gonzalez's power in the short term), but his long-term prognosis is pretty good.[businessinsider.com]

Epidemiology

  • Epidemiology of meniscal injury associated with ACL tears in young athletes. Orthopedics. 2012; 35 (3):208–12. [ PubMed ] [ Google Scholar ] 13. King AG.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]
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Age distribution

Prevention

  • Preventing Hyperextension A knee brace will prevent the user from extending the knee beyond their normal range of motion. One of the most common causes of a torn meniscus is hyperextension at the knee.[mcdavidusa.com]
  • Recreational injuries in children: incidence and prevention. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2001 Nov-Dec; 9 (6):365–74. [ PubMed ] [ Google Scholar ] 26. Radin EL, de Lamotte F, Maquet P. Role of the menisci in the distribution of stress in the knee.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

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