What are the most common knee injuries?

Some of the more common knee injuries include:
  • ACL injury. An ACL injury is a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) — one of four ligaments that connect your shinbone to your thighbone.
  • Fractures.
  • Torn meniscus.
  • Knee bursitis.
  • Patellar tendinitis.

How do I know what type of knee injury I have?

Two tell-tale signs of a knee injury are pain and swelling of the knee. You may also have difficulty with the joint moving. It may feel stiff, lock up, or feel like it’s catching as you bend and straighten your leg. If you hear your knee pop and then give out at the time of impact, it’s definitely a cause for concern.

How do I know if my knee injury is serious?

Here are seven reasons that should prompt an immediate visit to your doctor’s office.
  1. You’re experiencing swelling.
  2. You notice an obvious deformity.
  3. You felt or heard a “pop”.
  4. You experience greater than normal movement.
  5. You can’t put weight on it.
  6. You can’t straighten your knee or leg.
  7. Your knee keeps buckling.

Can you still walk with a torn ligament in your knee?

The short answer is yes. After the pain and swelling subsides and if there is no other injury to your knee, you may be able to walk in straight lines, go up and down stairs and even potentially jog in a straight line. The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is an important ligament that provides stability to the knee.

How do you check yourself for a torn meniscus?

Will walking on a torn meniscus make it worse?

People usually feel pain, but can still walk. Sometimes swelling also occurs and it may get worse over time. You also might feel your knee getting stiffer.

How do you tell if MCL is torn or sprained?

If the medial collateral ligament has been damaged or torn, you will usually have:
  1. Pain, which can range from mild to severe.
  2. Stiffness.
  3. Swelling.
  4. Tenderness along the inside of the knee.
  5. A feeling that the injured knee may give way under stress or may lock or catch.

Can you walk on a meniscus tear?

A torn meniscus usually produces well-localized pain in the knee. The pain often is worse during twisting or squatting motions. Unless the torn meniscus has locked the knee, many people with a torn meniscus can walk, stand, sit, and sleep without pain.

Does a torn meniscus hurt to touch?

When a meniscus tear occurs, you may hear a popping sound around your knee joint. Afterward, you may experience: pain, especially when the area is touched.

What makes a meniscus tear worse?

If you have a mild ache during the run, or a mildly sore knee after a run then you can often continue running. There is very little risk that running will worsen the tear. Meniscus tears can always worsen… remember, this is a process of degeneration.

What is the best exercise for a torn meniscus?

Once you have your doctor’s approval to begin exercising, try some of these exercises to enhance your strength and stability following a meniscus tear.
  • Quadriceps setting.
  • Mini-squats.
  • Straight leg raise.
  • Hamstring heel digs.
  • Leg extensions.
  • Standing heel raises.
  • Clams.
  • Hamstring curls.

Will a knee brace help with a meniscus tear?

After meniscus tear surgery, a knee brace can be worn to limit knee flexion and rotation, protecting the meniscus while allowing weight-bearing and movement [9]. Additionally, braces can support the knee while doing physical therapy exercises later on in rehabilitation.

How long does it take for a torn meniscus to heal without surgery?

Meniscus tears are the most frequently treated knee injuries. Recovery will take about 6 to 8 weeks if your meniscus tear is treated conservatively, without surgery.

Is it OK to massage a torn meniscus?

What will treatment consist of for a Meniscal Tear? Massage – Encompassing a variety of techniques with sufficient pressure through the superficial tissue to reach the deep lying structures. It is used to increase blood flow, decrease swelling, reduce muscle spasm and promote normal tissue repair.

What kind of knee brace do I need for a meniscus tear?

In the case that surgery is needed to repair the tear, a top knee brace to support your meniscus post-op is the DonJoy OA Reaction Web knee brace. The OA Reaction Web is an offloader and helps alleviate knee pain caused by osteoarthritis. Its design is lightweight and low-profile, ideal to keep you moving post-injury.

What happens if you leave a torn meniscus untreated?

An untreated meniscus tear can result in the frayed edge getting caught in the joint, causing pain and swelling. It can also result in long term knee problems such as arthritis and other soft tissue damage.

Can you bend your knee with a torn meniscus?

You can fully bend and straighten your knee without pain. You feel no pain in your knee when you walk, jog, sprint, or jump. Your knee is no longer swollen. Your injured knee is as strong as your uninjured knee.

How long can you walk with a torn meniscus?

As this healing occurs, patients progress towards bearing weight, increasing their range of motion, and leaving the knee brace behind. How quickly this progress occurs varies by surgeon, but a typical range is 4-8 weeks. Patients are usually out of the brace and walking without crutches around 2-3 months.