Are you suffering from symptoms of a Meniscus Tear?

The Orthopedic Specialists at MD West ONE are able to properly diagnose and treat meniscus tears through both surgical and non-surgical treatments. If you have the following symptoms, you may want to make an appointment with one of our Board Certified Specialists.

  • Pain 
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty moving the affected knee
Knee Pain

What is a meniscus tear?

The meniscus is a cartilage c-shaped cup found in the knee joint. Your knee joint is made up of three bones, your thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia), and kneecap (patella). Your meniscus absorbs the shock caused when running, jumping or any other form of physical activity.

Meniscus

What can cause a meniscus tear?

Meniscus tears are generally a result of trauma. Patients are usually able to recall a specific event that caused the pain – usually when participating in sports or dance. There are times that the meniscus may be injured during normal use of the knee but this is more common with age-related degeneration of the joint. 

How is a torn meniscus diagnosed?

Doctors diagnose meniscus tears by taking a medical history, physical exam, and X-rays of the affected area. Further imaging may be required, like computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.

How is a torn meniscus treated?

Non-operatively: 

Depending on the degree of your injury your provider may suggest treating you more conservatively by prescribing NSAIDs, rest, bracing, and physical therapy.

Surgery:

If the conservative approach does not help provide some relief your provider may discuss some surgical options.  

Your specialist will discuss the options and help you decide which type of treatment is the most appropriate for you.

Are you presenting any of these symptoms? Make an appointment to see one of our orthopedic specialists below.  

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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF HIP and KNEE SURGEONS

This article has been written and peer-reviewed by the AAHKS Patient and Public Relations Committee and the AAHKS Evidence-Based Medicine Committee.