One of the most common knee injuries that can occur to men, women, and children is the meniscus tear. The meniscus is cartilage located in the knee joint. During certain activities, such as sports, or with trauma, patients can tear this cartilage. This can result in extreme pain that can make it difficult to bare weight on the leg and knee. A tear in the meniscus requires an evaluation by a professional to get a proper diagnosis and to discuss effective treatment options.
How do I know if I have a torn meniscus?
Symptoms of a meniscal tear may include:
- A weak or locked knee
- Swelling and stiffness in the knee joint
- Mild to severe pain
- Inability to obtain full range of motion from the knee
- Popping or slipping of the knee
How is a torn meniscus treated?
After a patient discusses their symptoms with their doctor and complete a thorough medical history, the doctor will examine the patient to determine the problem at hand. Tenderness and pain along the joint line that connects with the meniscus can be a sign of a tear. The doctor will position the knee to find the source of pain and offer a proper diagnosis. Once the condition is diagnosed, the doctor can make recommendations to the patient regarding the best form of treatment. Treatment options may include conservative or surgical solutions, including:
- Rest with ice and elevation
- Pain management with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy to restore function and range of motion
- Surgery (meniscectomy) with arthroscope technology
- Rehabilitation plan for improving the speed of recovery
Which treatment option is appropriate for me?
Patient first require a proper diagnosis of their condition, at which point the doctor will determine the severity of the tear. This will often decide the appropriate course of action for treatment.
Are you dealing with a torn meniscus?
Call Sports, Occupational, and Knee Surgery today to discuss your need for treatment. Drs. Peter Holmes and Kathren McCarty can provide precision diagnosis and offer treatment recommendations based on your unique situation. They have two convenient locations in Schertz and San Antonio, TX and can be reached at (210) 696-9000. Contact them today to book a consultation appointment and initial evaluation.