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How much do you know about meniscal tears?
-The meniscus is a cartilage disc that cushions your knee. Each of your knees has 2 menisci (plural of meniscus); one on the inner (medial) part of the knee, and the other on the outer (lateral) part of the knee. Together, they act to absorb shock and stabilize the knee joint.
-If you have torn your meniscus you may experience any of the following: a sharp, intense pain in the knee area; a “pop” or a tearing sensation in the knee area; swelling within the first 24 hours of injury; difficulty walking or going up or down stairs because of pain or a “catching or locking” sensation in the knee; and/or difficulty straightening or bending the knee full.
-Meniscal tears can often be managed without surgery.
-A short course of treatment provided by a physical therapist can help determine whether your knee will recover without surgery.
-Your physical therapist can help control pain and swelling in the knee area and work with you to restore full strength and mobility to your knee.
***Contact your physician to refer you to physical therapy for a full evaluation as soon as symptoms begin for immediate attention and a quicker recovery!***
This information and more about meniscal tears found at: http://www.moveforwardpt.com/SymptomsConditionsDetail.aspx?cid=929a006a-f848-4619-acc0-7d7bd4ba4ce9
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