What is a meniscus tear, and how is it treated?
What Is a Meniscus Tear?
Your femur (leg bone), tibia (shin bone), and patella (knee cap) make up your knee joint and because the knee is one of the weight-bearing joints in the body, a knee injury can pose many problems.
Your menisci are two C-shaped pieces of soft cartilage that sit on either side of the knee. They act as shock absorbers that distribute weight between the knee bones and are especially important to take the stress off the knee joint when walking, running, jumping, or anything active.
A meniscus tear is a common knee injury that is often sustained during sports and physical activities due to a sudden change in direction, forceful twisting of the knee, or direct impact to the knee. However, meniscus tears do not only occur in athletes and can often be the result of wear and tear to the knee as well as the result of osteoarthritis of the knee.
If you have a meniscus tear the common symptoms can include:
A feeling that your knee will “give out”
Knee locking or catching
Pain in the knee
Stiffness of the knee
Swelling after activity
If you are experiencing symptoms of a meniscus tear, it is best to make an appointment with one of the Board Certified Orthopedic Knee Surgeons at OrthoNeuro as soon as possible. Delaying treatment may cause the tear and its symptoms to become worse.
At OrthoNeuro, our Board Certified Orthopedic Knee Surgeons have helped thousands of patients with meniscus tears live active and healthy lives using the latest non-surgical and surgical procedures.
Meniscus Tear Treatment Options
Depending upon the location and severity of the tear, nonsurgical treatment options may be used to reduce pain in the knee. These can include:
- Activity modification
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
In other cases, your OrthoNeuro specialist may recommend surgery to repair your meniscus using a procedure known as arthroscopic meniscus repair or resection if non-surgical treatments have not provided pain relief. This procedure uses two small incisions as well as a surgical camera and small surgical instruments to repair the damaged meniscus.
Make an Appointment with an OrthoNeuro Specialist Today!
If you have been experiencing the symptoms of a meniscus tear, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Orthopedic Knee Surgeons at one of our 7 convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus.
We will evaluate your unique lifestyle and goals to determine which type of treatment is best for you. Best of all, most patients can be seen within 24 hours of making an appointment.
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