Knee meniscus tear symptoms
The meniscus often makes a popping sound when it tears. Other symptoms can include:
Catching or locking of your knee
Inability to straighten your le
Limited range of motion
Pain in the center or side of your knee
Sensation of your knee “giving out”
Swelling of the knee joint
Knee meniscus tear diagnosis
Sometimes people continue to walk or play sports with a torn meniscus. However, having the injury correctly diagnosed is essential for proper treatment and healing. Our orthopedic specialists will review your symptoms and then examine your knee to check for swelling and tenderness.
Tests for torn meniscus diagnosis may include:
X-ray—a type of electromagnetic radiation imaging that produces photographs of bones in the knee joint.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)—is a noninvasive imaging technology that produces detailed, three-dimensional images of the knee joint without the use of radiation.
Knee meniscus tear treatment
Treatment for a torn meniscus depends on the severity of your injury and your age, general health and medical history. The specialists at The Christ Hospital Health Network develop a treatment plan that takes your individual needs and goals into account. We want to get you back to your life and your activities as quickly as possible.
The first step is to stop the movement or activity that is causing the problem.
Often, the RICE method can provide relief:
If additional treatment is needed, it may include:
A brace— a device used to protect and support an injured joint.
Crutches or a wheelchair—to help with mobility.
Limited activity—restricting movement for a period of time.
Medication—taken to help control pain in the knee.
Muscle strengthening exercises
Physical therapy—therapies to help you return to normal activities without pain.
Arthroscopic surgery—a minimally invasive surgical procedure that repairs or removes damaged meniscus.
If you have the symptoms of a knee meniscus tear, schedule an appointment with one of the orthopedic specialists at The Christ Hospital Health Network.
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