WHAT IS A MENISCUS?
WHAT IS A TORN MENISCUS?
HOW DOES IT TEAR?
WHO GETS MENISCAL TEARS?
WHAT SYMPTOMS WOULD I HAVE?
Often the pain will only be present when the joint is in use, i.e. relieved when rested.
HOW WOULD IT BE DIAGNOSED?
HOW IS IT TREATED?
Initial treatment aims to reduce the pain and swelling in the knee. This includes resting the knee, tablet painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications. This would be followed by physiotherapy to strengthen the muscles around the knee.
Not every patient with a meniscal tear necessarily needs surgery. Conservative treatment is tried first. However, if symptoms do not settle down after 6 weeks, or there are persistent painful mechanical symptoms, then surgery is advised.
If the knee is locked due to the meniscal tear, surgery is needed to remove the trapped piece of meniscus as soon as possible.
Arthroscopic repair consists of either stitching the meniscus back in place, or the damaged area may need to be removed.