A torn meniscus is a common, but serious knee injury. Patients with a torn meniscus often complain of locking, catching, popping, or sticking in the knee.
Left unattended, a meniscus injury can linger for years, causing ongoing pain and limited mobility. If a meniscus tear is not repaired, you risk further injury and permanent damage to your knee.
If your knee pops or clicks, feels like it is "giving out," or locks one position, it's time to contact the orthopedic specialists at BayCare Clinic.
Understanding Meniscus Tears
The meniscus cartilage in the knee acts as a shock absorber and fills the space between your knee bones. Meniscus injuries are typically the result of a quick twist to the knee and often occur in combination with ACL injuries.
Treatment for a Torn Meniscus
A meniscus tear is an extremely common knee injury. With proper diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation, patients often return to their pre-injury activities.
Treatment for a meniscus injury depends largely on the size and location of the tear. Because the inner portion of the meniscus doesn't receive a strong blood supply, it cannot heal. Tears in this portion of your cartilage must be surgically repaired. Small tears on the outside of the meniscus, however, may not need surgical intervention, and patients may recover with physical therapy.
Surgery for a meniscus tear is an outpatient procedure performed using minimally invasive, arthroscopic techniques.
The goal of any treatment plan is to reduce pain, improve mobility, and reduce the likelihood of further injury. As our patient, you will receive individualized care designed to return you to your normal activities as quickly and safely as possible.
You can trust BayCare Clinic for personalized care, backed by the latest advancements in knee surgery. Our orthopedic surgeons are board certified, and our orthopedic program is designed to maximize positive patient results.
Please call our office or request an appointment online. No referral required.