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Meniscus Tear Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

By on November 23, 2012

What will you look out for if you suspect that you have torn your meniscus? What meniscus tear symptom will conclude this suspicion?

Well, there are many meniscus tear symptoms that you should be looking out for.  This article sheds some light on some of these symptoms that may raise concern or conclude your suspensions.

Meniscus Tear Symptoms inside Your Body

Meniscus Tear Causes, Symptoms  and TreatmentSwelling: swelling is the most common symptom among other symptoms of a torn meniscus.

A meniscus tear is basically damage to your knee’s meniscus, or cartilage.

Given that this cartilage is within your knee’s joint, when the swelling occurs with a meniscus tear it is confined within your joint.

Though often the knee swells quite a bit, this means that the entire knee will swell.

There will be a physical difference between the uninjured knee and the one which s injured.

This is because the knee will be very tight. Therefore, while putting the knees side to side you will be in a position to tell which one is swollen.

The swelling is inside your body in the joint; this type of swelling is known as an effusion. Many people may describe its shape as a grapefruit which is large and puffy that may even cause your knee cap to disappear.

If the swelling is from a meniscus tear, then you will notice that the swelling usually occurs slowly. This may take place over the first 24-48 hours.

Pain: pain is the other in you meniscus tear symptom. This pain that is experienced is either mild or moderate, 2-7 on a 10 point scale. It starts out at first as sharp, and the mature to throbbing or achey as your knee begin to swell.

This pain will be intensified when you try to bend or even try to straighten your knee, though this is especially true after your knee swells up.

Although the pain is common, you may as well experience the meniscus tear without the pain. But the risk is not being in a position to notice the tear in your meniscus quickly without any pain.

Physical Meniscus Tear Symptoms

Clicking, popping, and catching: it is a common meniscus tear symptom. The popping or clicking in your affected knee may occur when you bend and also when you straighten your knee.

Losing your range of motion: the loss of range of motion in your knee may be as a result of the swelling caused by a meniscus tear, you may have a problem when it comes to bending the knee and often unable to bend to an extend of 90 degrees. There also may be a struggle while stretching it out.

Loss of strength: attributing to the swelling and injury in your knee, your quadriceps muscles maybe inhibited by your body in order to protect the injury.

Having few of the symptoms mentioned above, it is quite hart to diagnose on a clinical exam. Popping, pain, clicking, catching, swelling, loss of strength and range of motion are sure call to get you to visit your doctor. This is because they are the most common meniscus tear symptoms.

Meniscus Tear Symptoms and Treatment

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