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What are your treatment options for a meniscus tear?

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Treatment for a meniscus tear will depend on its size, what kind it is, and where it’s located within the cartilage. Most likely, your doctor will tell you to rest, use pain relievers, and put ice on your knee to keep the swelling down. He may also suggest physical therapy. This will help strengthen the muscles around your knee and keep it stable.

If these treatments don’t work, or if your injury is severe, he might recommend surgery. To be sure, your doctor will probably have an MRI done. And he might look at the tear with an arthroscope. That’s a thin tool that has a camera and light at the end. It allows doctors to see inside your joints.

From: Do I Need Surgery for a Meniscus Tear? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

KidsHealth.org: “Meniscus Tears.”

Mayo Clinic: “Torn Meniscus.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Arthroscopy.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Repairing Torn Meniscus.”

Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, University of Washington: “Torn Meniscus,” “Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair,” “Meniscectomy.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 12, 2017

SOURCES:

KidsHealth.org: “Meniscus Tears.”

Mayo Clinic: “Torn Meniscus.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Arthroscopy.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Repairing Torn Meniscus.”

Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, University of Washington: “Torn Meniscus,” “Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair,” “Meniscectomy.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 12, 2017

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