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Discoid Meniscus Is A Knee Problem

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A discoid meniscus is a congenital defect in the knee.


Theres a greater incidence of a bilateral discoid meniscus in Asian countries than in Western countries. [1]


- Symptoms often begin during childhood
- 3 types of discoid menisci: Incomplete, Complete, and Hypermobile Wrisberg
- Physical examination, MRI scan, X-rays
- Sometimes require no medical intervention


Discoid meniscus is an abnormality in the lateral meniscus present in the knee joint. The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that’s wedge-shaped. It’s located between the bones of the knee. Each knee has two menisci. Normally, a healthy knee joint has crescent moon shaped menisci. In case of discoid meniscus, the menisci are thicker than normal and oval or disc-shaped. It’s important to note that discoid meniscus is susceptible to more knee injury.


Symptoms:


Self-diagnosable:
Often occurring on the lateral side (outside) of the knee, and can sometimes be found in both knees. Unable to straighten or bend knee fully.


People may experience:
Pain, stiffness or swelling, catching-popping-locking of the knee, feeling that the knee is giving way, inability to fully extend (straighten) the knee.


Treatment:


Self-care: Stretching and strengthening exercises for the quadriceps and hamstring muscles plus proprioceptive and knee control exercises.


Medications/Surgery: No medication as such. Arthroscopic surgery, surgical procedures, rehabilitation, and physical therapy.


Specialists: For other kinds, consult a physician or an orthopedic surgeon. At mfine, we’ve the best team of doctors to help you with different health issues. Contact us to get holistic treatment.

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