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  • Writer's pictureDr Lim Mui Hong

My Knee is locked!!

Updated: Mar 4, 2022

" My knee is locked! ", " I cannot fully extend my knee! ". These are the symptoms experienced by a dancer who twisted her knee during a dance session. Assessment revealed the presence of an unstable bucket handle tear the meniscus resulting in mechanical block of the knee joint.

She underwent knee arthroscopy and repair of the meniscus to preserve the meniscus

The meniscus is an important structure in the knee that is sandwiched between the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (lower leg). It serves as a shock absorber and protects the cartilage. It also contributes to the stability of the knee.

A torn meniscus has limited healing potential due to its innate biological properties and it does not regenerate. Therefore, when it is possible, the meniscus should be repaired and preserved. Early consultation and management is recommended.

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