Meniscus Tears Can Lead to Cartilage Injuries
Untreated Meniscus Tears
- The medial and lateral menisci are shock absorbers inside the knee joint.
- Tears of these structures will impair their shock aborption functions leading to accelerated wear of the cartilage inside the knee joint.
- If left untreated, these meniscus tears act as a “pebble in a shoe” and may cause more cartilage damage.
Medial Plica Syndrome
- The plica only becomes a problem when the knee is irritated, causing an inflammation in the synovial sack.
- When the synovium is inflamed, the area of the plica becomes thicker.
- This thickened area then begins to catch on the femur as the knee moves.
- This in turn keeps the plica inflamed resulting in a viscous cycle.
ConclusionMeniscus tears when diagnosed should be treated and not left alone.
It becomes more difficult to treat when the overlying articular cartilage becomes worn out by the torn meniscus.
A properly debrided torn meniscus is less likely to wear out the cartilage compared to a torn meniscus.
If you have any specific medical condition or queries, please consult your medical doctor.
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