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Meniscus Tear

Atlanta Meniscus Tear Doctor

Understanding Meniscus Tears

The knee's complexity makes it susceptible to various injuries, including meniscus tears, which are quite common. The meniscus, a C-shaped, rubbery disc, serves as a cushion in the knee. A tear in this disc can impair knee function. Athletes often face a higher risk of meniscus tears due to abrupt impacts or twisting movements. However, meniscus tears can occur at any age, with older individuals more prone to degenerative tears due to thinning cartilage over time. Symptoms of a meniscus tear can include:

  • A sensation of popping
  • Swelling or stiffness
  • Pain during knee rotation or twistin
  • Difficulty in fully straightening the knee
  • Tenderness when touched
  • Limited movement or full range of motion
  • A locking or catching feeling in the knee
  • Instability or a feeling that the knee can't support weight

Treatment Options for Meniscus Tears

The approach to treating a meniscus tear varies depending on factors like the tear's type and location, its severity, the patient's age, and their level of physical activity. In athletes, meniscus tears may occur alongside other knee injuries. Small tears might not need surgery and can be managed with the RICE protocol (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) and anti-inflammatory medications to alleviate pain and swelling. However, for more severe cases or when conservative treatments fail, knee arthroscopy is often employed by our Atlanta meniscus tear surgeon. This procedure involves using tiny surgical tools to either trim or repair the torn meniscus.

Recovery Process from Meniscus Tear Surgery

Post-surgery, the knee may be immobilized using a cast or brace to aid in stabilization. Once healed, rehabilitation exercises are crucial to regain knee mobility and strength. Meniscus tears are a frequent type of knee injury, but with accurate diagnosis, appropriate treatment, and rehabilitation, many patients successfully return to their pre-injury level of activity.

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