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    Your doctor will ask about past injuries and what you were doing when your knee started to hurt. A physical exam will help your doctor find out if a torn meniscus is the cause of your pain. Your doctor will look at both knees and check for tenderness, range of motion, and how stable your knee is. X-rays are also usually done.

    You may need to meet with an orthopedic surgeon for more testing. These tests may include an MRI, which can give a clear picture of where a tear is and how serious it is.

    How your doctor treats your meniscus tear depends on several things, such as the type of tear, where it is, and how serious it is. Your age and how active you are may also affect your treatment choices.

    Treatment may include:

    • Rest, ice, wrapping the knee with an elastic bandage, and propping up the leg on pillows.
    • Physical therapy.
    • Surgery to repair the meniscus.
    • Surgery to remove part of the meniscus.

    Learning about meniscus tears:

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    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
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