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How is a meniscus tear diagnosed?

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To diagnose a meniscus tear, your doctor will give you a thorough exam. He or she will want to hear details about how you got your injury. X-rays may be necessary, to rule out broken bones and other problems. You may also need an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan, which allows a more detailed evaluation of knee cartilage.

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: ''Meniscal Tears.'' 

Calmbach, W. American Family Physician, Sept. 1, 2003. 

Davis, M. Expert Guide to Sports Medicine, American College of Physicians Press, 2005. 

Rouzier, P. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor, second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on January 26, 2020

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: ''Meniscal Tears.'' 

Calmbach, W. American Family Physician, Sept. 1, 2003. 

Davis, M. Expert Guide to Sports Medicine, American College of Physicians Press, 2005. 

Rouzier, P. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor, second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on January 26, 2020

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