What Does Torn Meniscus Feel Like?

How do you know if you have a torn meniscus in your knee?

If you’ve torn your meniscus, you might have the following signs and symptoms in your knee:

  • A popping sensation.
  • Swelling or stiffness.
  • Pain, especially when twisting or rotating your knee.
  • Difficulty straightening your knee fully.
  • Feeling as though your knee is locked in place when you try to move it.

Can you walk around with a torn meniscus?

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.

Where do you feel the pain from a torn meniscus?

Common symptoms of a meniscal tear may include: Localized pain near the area of the tear. In tears of the lateral meniscus, this discomfort will be present along the outside edge of the knee. Pain will manifest on the inside edge of the injured knee for tears of the medial meniscus.

What happens if you leave a torn meniscus untreated?

What Happens if you Leave a Torn Meniscus Untreated? An untreated meniscus tear can deteriorate and may come loose within the knee joint. This can result in knee locking or giving way. Untreated meniscus tears can also increase in tear size and extend the damaged area of the meniscus.