One of the most common knee injuries, meniscus tears can happen to athletes participating in contact sports or anyone engaging in significant physical activity. This c-shaped cartilage in your knee can tear from trauma or from degenerative changes that occur over time. It’s not uncommon for a meniscus tear to occur along with other knee injuries such as an ACL tear.
Meniscus tears often occur while pivoting or cutting, making quick start-stop movements. In older adults, these tears can occur simply by twisting the wrong way.
You could have a meniscus tear if you have the following symptoms:
- Knee pain
- Stiffness and swelling
- “Catching” or locking of the knee
- Feeling like your knee is giving out
- Limited range of motion
Treatment for a torn meniscus depends on a wide range of factors such as your age, symptoms and activity level. Your treatment will also vary by where the tear is located within the meniscus. Nonsurgical treatment typically begins with rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE). Additionally, anti-inflammatory medications or injections may be recommended.
If surgery is recommended, the OrthoNebraska’s team will work with you and your primary physician to develop a treatment plan that supports your goals and activity level.
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