What is a meniscus tear?
A meniscus tear is one of the most common knee injuries. The meniscuses are two C-shaped pieces of tough, rubbery cartilage that act as shock absorbers between your shinbone and your thighbone. They help to cushion the knee joint and keep it stable.
What can cause a meniscus tear?
A meniscal tear can happen if you suddenly twist your knee while bearing weight on it. Meniscal tears often happen during sports. However, anyone at any age can tear a meniscus.
What are the symptoms of a meniscus tear?
You might feel a “pop” when you tear your meniscus. Some of the most common symptoms are pain, stiffness and swelling, catching or locking of the knee, the sensation of your knee “giving way” and not being able to move your knee through its full range of motion.
What is the treatment of a meniscus tear?
Knee arthroscopy is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures. It is a minimally invasive procedure in which a miniature camera is inserted through a small incision. This provides a clear view of the inside of the knee. Miniature surgical instruments are then inserted through other small incisions to trim or repair the tear.
- Meniscectomy – In this procedure, the damaged meniscal tissue is trimmed away.
- Meniscus repair – Some meniscal tears can be repaired by suturing (stitching) the torn pieces together. Whether a tear can be successfully treated with repair depends upon the type of tear, as well as the overall condition of the injured meniscus.
How long is the recovery process?
Recovery time varies from patient to patient. Once the initial healing is complete, the recovery process will involve frequent physical therapy and rehabilitation visits. With proper compliance to Dr. Bradley’s rehabilitation protocol, most patients will experience an average recovery period of about 3 months.