A torn meniscus is one of the most common knee injuries our physicians see in our center. Your meniscus is the cartilage in your knee that acts a cushion between your bone and joint. A tear or rupture such as this is generally caused by a sudden rough twist (movement) of the knee.
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What are Symptoms of a Meniscal Tear?
- Pain while knee is being moved (twisting, rotating, running, or walking)
- Popping sound as knee is moved
- Knee feels locked which can make it difficult or impossible to move
- Fluid build-up on the knee
How is a Meniscal Tear Treated?
A condition such as meniscal tear generally involves treatment that is focused on physical therapy and medication. However, dealing with a tear such as this requires life-long preventative measures to ensure further complications don’t arise.
Types of medication used for treatment:
- Anti-inflammatory medications are you used to prevent swelling and pain
- Corticosteroids (Cortisone injections) are generally used in severe cases where the joint is extremely inflamed
Types of treatment you can do from home after you’ve visited your doctor:
- You should utilize crutches or some other support system to keep pressure off the affected area
- Place an ice pack on the affected area to reduce pain and inflammation/swelling of the area
- Using a bandage to wrap the affected area can also be helpful with inflammation