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Why does a torn meniscus hurt?

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The tear may cause “mechanical” pain such as popping, locking or even cause your knee to catch or feel unstable. ... Tears that continue to hurt with pivoting or twisting and cause the knee to feel unstable might require surgery for a meniscus repair. Most meniscus tears are attritional, or “degenerative” in nature. read more

For 85% to 90% of people who get the surgery for a meniscus tear, the short-term results are good to excellent. But in the long-term, people who have a large meniscal injury that is unrepairable may be at a higher risk of developing knee arthritis. read more

When the meniscus tear is treated with arthroscopic partial meniscectomy, aka trimming, the loose torn fragments are removed. The normal meniscus tissue which is not torn is left alone. The torn meniscus does not regenerate; therefore, the torn area that gets trimmed will remain without meniscus tissue forever. read more

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