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Title: Torn Meniscus Symptoms and Causes | Dr Niraj Vora

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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.
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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
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  • Swollen knee and pain.
  • Inability to bend the knee or straighten the leg.
  • 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.

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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.
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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
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