What is a Meniscus Tear Knee Injury

Dr. Jordan Leith, MD, MHSc, FRCSC, discusses What is a Meniscus Tear Knee Injury

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Dr. Jordan Leith, MD, MHSc, FRCSC, discusses What is a Meniscus Tear Knee Injury
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Featuring Dr. Jordan Leith, MD, MHSc, FRCSC, Orthopedic Surgeon What is a Meniscus Tear Knee Injury

Presenter: Dr. Jordan Leith, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Quiz: What is a Meniscus Tear?

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Meniscus injuries are more common for people under the age of 30.

Explanation:

The meniscus is often injured as athletes attempt a twisting or weight-bearing motion. Meniscus injuries are more common for people over the age of 30, as the meniscus weakens as we age. They can also occur as a result of diseases such as osteoarthritis.

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Symptoms of a meniscus tear include pain on one side of the knee.

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Symptoms of a meniscus tear include pain on one side of the knee, localized swelling, loss of range of motion and a sensation of the knee locking or not being able to straighten it completely.

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There are different types of meniscus tears.

Explanation:

You may experience a tear of the posterior horn of the meniscus, medial meniscus, lateral meniscus or bucket handle.

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In most cases treatment of a meniscal tear includes the RICE protocol.

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In most cases a meniscal tear can be treated with the RICE protocol (rest, ice, compression and elevation), anti-inflammatories, bracing and physiotherapy to stretch and strengthen the muscles of the knee.

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Following surgery, most patients will remain in the hospital for 2-4 days.

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If surgery is required, an orthopedic surgeon will perform arthroscopic surgery to prevent further damage to the knee. Meniscus surgery is generally a day procedure, with patients going home on crutches. The recovery time is usually around two weeks.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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