Injury to the meniscus, which is a wedge-shaped cartilage disc in the knee that cushions and absorbs shock.
The meniscus is a wedge-shaped cartilage disc in the knee that cushions and absorbs shock between the femur (thighbone) and tibia (shinbone). Meniscus tears can occur acutely from direct contact or a twisting injury, or they can occur due to degenerative changes over time. Symptoms include pain, swelling, stiffness, a catching or locking sensation, weakness, or a “giving way” sensation. Your doctor can often make this diagnosis in the office but may order some advanced imaging such as an MRI to visualize the location and extent of the tear. Conservative treatment typically consists of the RICE protocol (rest, ice, compression, elevation), NSAIDs and/or physical therapy. If your symptoms persist or the knee is unstable, surgical intervention to either debride or repair the affected meniscus may be necessary. See our “Treatments” section for more information.
Left to right: Torn Meniscus, Degenerative Changes
As our patient, you will have an in-depth consultation with one of our doctors. We will create an individualized treatment plan together, tailored to your problem and lifestyle. Our doctors prefer non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy and/or injections. If your problem ultimately does require surgery, our doctors prefer the least invasive surgical techniques possible. Our goals are the same as yours: to get you back to living your best life, pain free.