Meniscus Tear Symptoms: Swelling
When it comes to the meniscus tear symptoms, swelling is the cause of
many of them. Loss of motion, pain, loss of strength...swelling plays a
part in each of these. As swelling subsides, so do the other symptoms.
What exactly is swelling? What causes it? Read on to find out more
about this torn meniscus symptom.
Does it Come From?
generally comes from the initial
injury. When the meniscus is torn, it bleeds into the joint. This
accumulation of fluid causes an intial swelling of the knee. The blood
supply to the meniscus is not very good, or ample, so that means that
swelling after a meniscus tear is slow to occur...generally after 12-24
hours. This is significant when it comes to diagnosis. So, pay
attention to when your knee swells, and how quickly it happens.
Along with the bleeding after injury, swelling also
comes from the irritation of the joint lining. The joint capsule
produces synovial fluid normally, and when it is irritated, it produces
contributes to the joint effusion in the knee.
Part of the healing process is the body bringing
into the injured area in order to A) remove dead cells and B) begin
getting the area ready to heal. This increase in fluid is the third
factor in swelling following a meniscus tear.
What Does Swelling Do?
Swelling contributes to all of the other meniscus tear symptoms.
Swelling causes increased pressure in the joint, and this causes pain
and loss of range of motion. Swelling inhibits the muscles ability to
contract, and this leads to muscle weakness.
Long Does it Last?
Swelling after a meniscus tear will usually last for several weeks. It
will diminish significantly after the first 10-14 days, as the initial
inflammation process subsides, but it will continue to be a problem for
several weeks. This becomes a major goal of meniscus tear
treatment...removing the swelling. Once the swelling is under control,
everything else can begin to return to normal.
Swelling often causes many of the meniscus tear symptoms in the knee.
The control and treatment of swelling is the most important part of
meniscus tear treatment, much like many sports injuries.
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