Injury to the meniscus which is a wedge-shaped cartilage disc in the knee that cushion and absorbs shock.
The meniscus is a wedge-shaped cartilage disc in the knee that cushion 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, 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 with the RICE protocol (rest, ice, compression, elevation), NSAIDs and eventually physical therapy are often first-line treatment options. If your symptoms persist or the knee is unstable, surgical intervention to either debride or repair the affected meniscus may be necessary. See our “Procedures” section for more information.
Left to right: Torn Meniscus, Degenerative Changes
Every patient receives an in-depth consultation to devise a treatment plan that is right for their problem. Our specialists prefer non-operative and non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy, medications, and/or injections. When we require surgery, we will then use minimally invasive surgical techniques to fix your problem, whether it is fixing a broken bone or repairing a tendon. Our goal is always to get you back to living your life normally as soon as possible.