Personal stories about diagnostic tests for a meniscus tear
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Ahmed, age 42: I felt some strain on my knee
while I was playing handball 2 weeks ago, and since then I've had swelling and
pain on one side of my knee. My doctor thinks I probably have a tear in my
meniscus and maybe some other knee damage. I've been using ice and resting my
knee a lot, but I've still got quite a bit of pain. My doctor is now
recommending that I have an MRI to see what's going on in there. She says that
an MRI will give us a good idea of what is injured and will help us make the
decision about treatment. I'm going to go ahead and get the MRI.
Theo, age 50: I started noticing pain in my
knee about 2 months ago, although I can't say what exactly I did to injure it.
I can't seem to squat or kneel without increasing the pain. My orthopedist
thinks it might be an age-related degeneration of the meniscus and is
recommending arthroscopy so that he can look directly at the inside of my knee.
If he finds a tear, he'll probably be able to fix it right then. I'm not
looking forward to surgery, but arthroscopy sounds like the best way to get my
knee back in operation.
Leticia, age 33: I was cleaning the garage and
did something to my knee while lifting boxes up to the top shelves. I asked my
doctor about having an MRI to find out what happened, but after she talked with
me about my symptoms and the way I hurt it, she's pretty sure that it's a
meniscus tear. We're going to go ahead with physical therapy and home
exercises, and I'm confident that this program will improve my knee.
Peter, age 35: My knee started hurting the
night after I had a strenuous game of pick-up basketball. After my doctor
examined me and listened to my description of the game and my symptoms, it
didn't take him long to say that he thought it was a meniscus tear. My doctor
thinks it's a small tear and recommends that I start rehabilitation soon.
Meanwhile, I'm resting my knee and being very careful to avoid any twisting or
stress on the knee.
Shannon Erstad, MBA/MPH
Kathleen M. Ariss, MS
Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer
William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma
September 22, 2008
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
September 22, 2008
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