What symptoms did you experience with a torn meniscus?
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What are symptoms and signs of a torn meniscus?
Some people with a torn meniscus know exactly when they hurt their knee.
There may be acute onset of pain and the patient may actually hear or feel a pop
in their knee. As with any injury, there is an inflammatory response, including
pain and swelling. The swelling within the knee joint from a torn meniscus
usually takes a few hours to develop. Depending upon the amount of pain and
fluid accumulation, the knee may become difficult to move. When fluid
accumulates, it may be difficult and painful to fully extend or straighten the
In some situations, the amount of swelling may not necessarily be enough to
notice. Sometimes, the patient isn't aware of the initial injury but starts
complaining of symptoms that develop later.
After the injury, the knee joint
irritation may gradually settle down and feel relatively normal as the initial
inflammatory response resolves. However, other symptoms may develop over time,
including any or all of the following:
Pain with running or walking longer distances
Intermittent swelling of the knee joint:
Many times, the knee with a torn meniscus feels "tight."
Popping, especially when climbing up or down stairs
Giving way or buckling (the sensation that the knee is unstable and a sense that the knee will give way): Less commonly, the knee
actually will give way and cause the patient to fall.
Locking (a mechanical block where the knee cannot be fully extended or straightened): This occurs when a piece of torn meniscus folds on itself and blocks full range of motion of the knee joint. The knee gets "stuck," usually flexed between 15 and 30 degrees and cannot bend or straighten from that position.