Three signs that you may have a meniscus tear

A meniscus tear may be cause by long-distance runningThe biggest task I face when seeing a patient for the first time is trying to ascertain if they have a problem which requires surgery. One of the commonest conditions I see is knee pain caused by a meniscus tear. The meniscus acts like a “shock absorber” in the knee. It is important to diagnosis this accurately, especially in those with healthy knees, as a delay in treatment may result in further damage to the knee in future…

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Knee pain from a meniscal tear

Knee pain may be caused by a meniscal tearA knee meniscal tear is one of the most common knee injuries. It is a common cause of knee pain. Men are typically affected in their 30’s and 40’s, and women in their 20’s. A degenerative tear can also occur with minor trauma such as getting up from a chair, especially in patients in their 50’s and 60’s. The meniscus is a c-shaped cartilage which acts like a “shock absorber”. It also provides stability, lubrication and position sense…

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Carpal tunnel syndrome – causes and treatment

Carpal tunnel syndrome may require surgery if establishedCarpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is one of the most common orthopaedic conditions affecting the hands. It is a condition which causes pain, paraesthesias (“pins and needles”) or even weakness in the hand. It specifically affects the thumb, index, middle and ring fingers although not all fingers are always affected. Both hands may be affected at the same time, and if established, may require surgery…

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