How To Conduct 7 Easy Torn Meniscus Tests
Since my husband and I started preparing to move apartments, I have been doing a lot of heavy lifting. Yesterday, as I was lifting a box, I felt my knee make a popping sound! I was so afraid that I had injured my knee so I quickly did some research to find out.
It turns out that the sensation of slipping or popping in the knee is one of the symptoms of a torn meniscus. I have always been a DIY person so I decided to conduct the seven torn meniscus tests myself praying I would fail.
First, a little about the meniscus and how it could get injured.
The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that acts like a cushion between your thigh and shin bones. Each knee has two menisci joints. Meniscus tears are one of the most common injuries during activities that involve putting pressure on the knee or rotating the knee. (1)
Some of the symptoms of a meniscus tear include: (2)
7 Self Tests For Torn Meniscus
Test 1: The Thessaly Test
You can also try the test bending lower up to fifteen to twenty degrees
Test 2: The Childress Sign Test
Test 3: The Ege’s Test
This test is used to determine whether the tear in your Meniscus is a medial or a lateral tear. (3)
A. To detect a lateral Meniscus tear:
B. To detect a medial Meniscus tear:
Test 4: Payers Test
I didn’t feel any pain in this test but found it so hard to open my legs in the number four position! I discovered I wasn’t as flexible as I imagined.
Test 5: Bounce Home Test
Test 6: Apley Grind Test
According to some studies, the Apley Grind test has an overall accuracy rate of 74% and 96% for the medial and lateral meniscus respectively. (4) You will need someone to help you with this test.
Test 7: The McMurray's Test
I was so happy that none of the tests came back positive! The torn meniscus recovery time for athletes is about six weeks depending on where the injury is.
Even after recovery, many athletes have to find the best knee brace for meniscus tears since the knee may still be very unstable.
Although doing these torn meniscus tests doesn’t make you and I doctors, they can at least give us an idea of what we are dealing with.
After conducting the tests with the help of your friend, you can give your doctor an accurate description of where your pain is. This will enable him to give diagnose your symptoms in the shortest possible time.
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