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Knee Maniscus Tear

Introduction

Knee Meniscus TearDamage to menisci of the knee is often caused by injuries sustained whilst playing sport. The injury commonly takes the form of a twist or pivoting type injury.

History

Meniscus injuries typically cause pain, swelling, clicking and locking. They can be diagnosed by a specialist, and diagnosis is often confirmed with MRI scan.

Examination

Typical features are joint line tenderness, positive McMurrays test and effusion. In displaced tears the knee may be locked.

Special Investigations

MRI Knee Meniscus TearMRI is the usual diagnostic tool in 95% of cases.

Natural History

Once torn, menisci tend not to heal and can give rise to long term pain, difficulty with sports, swelling and mechanical symptoms such as clicking and locking.

Conservative Treatment

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication and analgesics can help relieve pain and swelling.

Operative Treatment

Surgical treatment is with with arthroscopic (keyhole) partial mensicectomy (removal of the torn part) or, if repairable, with meniscal repair.

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