Meniscus Tear Diagnosis
The first step in diagnosing meniscus tear is establishing a medical history.
Your WellStar physician will check for tenderness along the joint line where the meniscus sits. Your WellStar physician will also likely do a McMurray test during which your physician will bend your knee, then straighten and rotate it. This movement will cause a clicking sound if you have a meniscal tear.
The physician may order imaging tests such as X-rays or an MRI (magnetic resonance) imaging to confirm the diagnosis. X-rays do not show meniscal tears, but an X-ray may show other causes of knee pain, such as osteoarthritis.
- Physical exam
- MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)