What is the Treatment for a Meniscus Injury?
The treatment for a meniscal tear will vary based on the size of the tear and its location within the knee. It is also important to consider your age, activity level, and any associated injuries.
The outside portion of the meniscus has a rich blood supply, and a tear in this area may heal on its own. However, the inner portion of the meniscus lacks a blood supply and cannot heal on its own. Because these tears are often in thin, worn cartilage, tears in this zone are usually surgically trimmed away.
Some meniscal tears can be treated with a combination of ice, rest, compression and elevation of the knee. Anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and pain relievers can help alleviate symptoms. Diminished use of the knee for a period of time will help in the healing process.
Dr. Padalecki is a strong advocate for meniscus repair and he attempts to preserve the maximum amount of meniscus in his patients when possible. In more severe tears, Dr. Padalecki will conduct an arthroscopic procedure called a meniscectomy to trim out the tear. This approach is less invasive and allows for less pain and a quicker recovery time. He is able to perform this technique arthroscopically which yields very good success rates.
What Occurs After Surgery for a Torn Meniscus?
Patients are often placed in a brace to immobilize the knee for a period of time. Crutches can help minimize the weight placed on the knee. Following surgery, a course of physical therapy will be ordered to focus on returning motion and strength back to the injured knee.
For more information on repair and rehabilitation of a meniscus injury in the knee or any other type of knee related injury, please contact the office of Dr. Jeff Padalecki, knee specialist in Austin, Texas.