A meniscus tear is a very common knee injury prevalent in athletes and active people, but can also occur as a result of lifting heavy weight, bending the leg at a certain angle, or normal wear and tear associated with aging.
Torn Meniscus Los Angeles
A healthy knee has a meniscus (a C-shaped cartilage disc) on each side of the joint, which works to keep the knee balanced in place and provide shock absorption and proper functioning. There are several degrees of severity to a torn meniscus, and treatment for a torn meniscus will depend on the nature of the tear.
In cases of a minor tear, there could be slight pain and swelling lasting anywhere from two to three weeks. With a moderate tear, pain can be felt at the side or center of the knee, and swelling gets worse after two or three days. Walking with a moderate tear is possible, but the knee can feel stiff and have limited range of motion. It’s possible for symptoms to subside on their own within a week or two of injury with a moderate tear, but pain could persist for years if the tear is not treated.
Many professional athletes get treated for a torn meniscus in Los Angeles along with other knee injuries that could possibly be career-ending if not properly treated.
When the meniscus suffers a severe tear, a piece of the meniscus can move into the joint space and cause what patients describe as a popping or locking sensation in the knee, or the feeling that knee is giving out or buckling while walking. Along with swelling, it could be difficult to straighten the knee. An orthopedic specialist like Dr. Meier will usually perform x-rays or an MRI to assess the degree of the tear and recommend the appropriate course of action.
Learn more about meniscus injuries by contacting Dr. Meier at (310) 777-7845 today.
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