Meniscal Tears

Two wedge-shaped pieces of cartilage act as “shock absorbers” between your thigh bone (femur) and shinbone (tibia) called as Menisci.

Causes
  • Traumatic injuries during contact sports
  • Aging causes degenerative meniscus tears
  • Sudden twist of knee joint
Symptoms
  • Pain and swelling of knee joint
  • Popping sensation
  • Difficulty bending or straightening leg
  • Locking of knee
  • Unable to move your knee through its full range of motion
Investigations
  • Physical tests
  • X-rays
  • MRI
Treatment
Non-Surgical
  • If the meniscal tear is small and on the outer edge of the meniscus, and your knee is stable, it may treated conservatively with rest and pain medication.
Surgical

If symptoms persist then thet are treated arthroscopically.

  • Partial meniscectomy – The damaged meniscus tissue is trimmed away. This requires approximately 3 to 4 weeks for healing.
  • Meniscus repair- can repair meniscus tears by suturing the torn pieces together .This may take about 3 months to heal.
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