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How to Treat a Torn Meniscus

The meniscus is a kind of cartilage that is found in the knee joint, which acts as a ‘shock absorber,’ and also helps to keep the knee stabilized. People who engage in activities that require twisting of the knee joint are at risk of a torn meniscus. Degenerative tears are also common among the over 60 population. There are different options used to treat a torn meniscus, it all depends on the type of tear.

Meniscus tear

The meniscus is a small piece of cartilage in the knee joint that acts as a cushion against knee pain. However, trauma to the knee can cause the meniscus to tear, and when this happens it can lead to chronic pain and swelling, in addition to limited range of motion. A meniscus tear is often the result of a forceful twist or rotation of the upper leg. This type of injury is quite common among sportsmen who play football.

Treatment Options

Less severe meniscus tears can be treated using non-surgical options. This may take the form of physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. However, surgery is normally recommended for chronic tears.

Surgical treatment in the form of knee arthroscopy is recommended for certain types of meniscus tears. Surgery may involve the repair or removal of the damaged meniscus.  Arthroscopic surgery involves the use of a thin tube known as an arthroscope.

The arthroscope is fitted with a small camera and a light, allowing surgeons a good view of the damaged knee. The arthroscope is inserted in the knee joint via small incisions. Other incisions are also made through which shavers or small scissors used to repair the damaged meniscus are inserted.

If you would like treatment for a torn meniscus, contact orthopedic surgeon Dr. Frank McCormick in Fort Lauderdale at (954)-640-6010.

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