What Is a Complete Meniscal Tear?

What is a complete meniscus tear or a complete meniscal tear? This is when the tissue is completely moved apart from the knee joint and its surrounding areas. Such a tear is usually seen in athletes that play combat or very high impact sports. For example, a player running into the knee of a football player can cause a complete meniscal tear. These tears are usually very painful and cause immediate swelling in the person who is experiencing the complete meniscal tear. These tears are usually treated with surgery, where an arthroscopic scope is used to either shave off the meniscus that is torn or repair it by the surgeon. Complete tears is one of many different types of tears an individual may experience on their knees, however it is one of the more serious types of tears that can occur. It is also to note that some people experience a significant amount of additional pain when the meniscal tissue is completely torn. If the tear is not as severe the pain may be significantly less, however a complete tear can attribute to more pain experienced by the individual at the time of injury.

Such tears will usually impact the knee to the point where daily activities will be difficult to resume. More often than not, the limited range of motion will not allow the individual to continue to play sports because of the severity of the injury. Usually the range of motion is limited on the complete meniscal tear and the swelling will affect the mobility of the athlete and negatively impact the performance of the sport that is played. It is recommended that those that experience as such seek the help of a professional health care practitioner as they will require medical attention. If not properly treated, complete meniscal tears can cause or will cause certain or future problems with the knee of that individual. It should be noted that if properly taken care and the individual is treated and operated on, it is possible with physical therapy to repair the knee to the point where sports activity can be resumed successfully. This is an injury that is very common among athletes and older people, the success rate of these people returning their knees to normal operation is very high and it is to be noted that a complete meniscal tear usually does not mean an end to a sports career.