Torn Meniscus Symptoms and Causes | Dr Niraj Vora

Torn Meniscus Symptoms and Causes

A c-shaped disc made up of soft cartilage that cats like shock absorber for the knee is Meniscus. And according to knee surgeon in Mumbai, Dr Niraj Vora the meniscus tear happens to be the most common causes of knee pain. Depending on the severity of tear it may also need surgery to make the healing happen and get rid of knee pain.

In this blog today, we help you know the symptoms and cause of meniscuses tear and help you know when a patient needs a surgery. Read on:

What causes meniscus tear?

Tibia and femur connect to form a knee joint and a c-shaped menisci helps in adequate distribution of weight by providing cushion between them. However trauma activities that involve aggressive twisting, turning or pivoting pivots may out exception stress on the knee resulting in minor tear in this cartilage.

Age related degeneration is also possible cause of meniscus tear for adults above age 30. As the cartilages thins down with age and thin cartilage tears easily, the risk of tear increases drastically for adults above age 50. Athletes in contact sports also have high risk of meniscus tear compered to general population.

What are symptoms of meniscus tear?

Popping sound is the common indication when the tear happens. According to knee specialists in India, the symptoms post the tear can vary depending n the tear severity and individual, but the common ones are as follows:

  1. Swollen knee and pain.
  2. Inability to bend the knee or straighten the leg.
  3. Limping & stuck up feeling at the knee.

In most cases, the pain and symptoms take time to set-in. The individual may even continue after the tear but as the inflammation sets-in gradually, the symptoms show-up.

How meniscus tear is treated by knee surgeons in India?

The treatment or meniscus tear depends upon the size, severity and location of the tear in addition to the individual and his age. For example the outer one thirds of the cushion is supplied with nutrient rich blood and may easily heal by itself when the tear is small. But the outer two thirds of the cushions lack the supply so it may take time and will need a medical intervention for treatments.

Immediately after the tear the patient may treat the patient with RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) in case the tear is minor. However if the tear is large, RICE may not suffice, a surgical treatment to repair meniscus may be needed to fully heal the tear, according to knee replacement surgeon in Mumbai Dr Niraj Vora.  After surgery, the patient has excellent chances to recover fully from the tear but is few cases the risk of arthritis may increase post age 50.

That said, exercise plays a key role in prevention of meniscus tear. Individuals are requested to strengthen their knee muscles with regular exercise and always warmup before strenuous physical activities. For more information on meniscus tear you can contact knee replacement surgeon in Mumbai Dr Niraj Vora here: nlv@drnirajvora.com

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