Diagnosis Orthopedics

Meniscus Tear

Knee injuries are best diagnosed by a health care provider with sports medicine expertise. At the initial visit, the provider will do a thorough review of a patient's symptoms and medical history, plus a physical exam of the injured knee. X-rays are also commonly used to assess the overall status of the bones and check for signs of arthritis. An MRI is sometimes needed for a better look at the meniscus and to confirm the diagnosis of a meniscus tear.

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