Meniscus Tear

That raging pain in your knee could be a meniscus tear. If it is, you want the best orthopedist, and at INTEGRIS, you don’t have to go far to find one.

Are you feeling a little weak in the knees?

Don’t Let Knee Pain Keep You on the Sidelines

Whether you’ve had a recent injury or the pain has crept in gradually over time, a meniscus tear can keep you from living the full, active life you need to stay happy and healthy. But relief is just a phone call away because the orthopedic specialists and surgeons at INTEGRIS are experts in diagnosing and treating tears of the meniscus. From surgeries and rehab, to medication therapy, our highly trained physicians can develop a customized treatment plan to get you back on your feet and pain free.

What Is a Meniscus Tear?

Each of your knees has two menisci, which are C-shaped pieces of cartilage that act like a cushion between your shinbone and your thighbone. Meniscus tears usually take place when an athlete twists or turns their upper leg while their foot is planted and their knee is bent. They usually cause pain, swelling and stiffness and you also might feel a block to knee motion and have trouble extending your knee fully.

Understanding Meniscus Tears

A meniscus tear can be painful and impact your ability to perform everyday activities. Common symptoms of a meniscus tear are:

  • Pain in the knee joint: usually on the inside (medial), outside (lateral) or back of the knee
  • Swelling
  • Catching or locking of the knee joint
  • Inability to fully extend or bend the knee joint
  • Limping

In addition to conducting a physical exam and learning about your medical history, your doctor may perform the following.

  • X-Ray: An X-ray is a diagnostic test that uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones, and organs onto film. When a standard X-ray is not accurate enough, a joint X-ray with contrast dye may also be used to examine joints such as the knee or hip.
  • MRI: An MRI is a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body; can often determine damage or disease in a surrounding ligament or muscle.

Your doctor will determine the best treatment for you and will take into account your age, activity level, health history and personal preferences. Meniscus tears are usually treated with one or more of the following:

  • Icing
  • Medication (Nonsteroidals)
  • Physical Therapy
  • Arthroscopic Surgery: Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure, is often used to treat meniscal tears. During an arthroscopy, a small, lighted, optic tube (arthroscope) is inserted through a small incision in the joint. Images of the inside of the knee are then projected on a screen allowing the provider to repair or trim out the torn portion of the meniscus.

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