The symptoms that you may experience with this injury may be very similar to another injury of the knee so a prompt, accurate diagnosis is of prime importance when determining the best treatment strategy. With an injury of this kind, you may experience some or all of the following:
● Immediate pain in the knee
● A ‘catching’ or ‘locking’ sensation in the knee when walking
● You may have heard a ‘popping’ sound at the time of injury
● Significant loss of range of motion of the knee, with an inability to completely straighten and /or bend the leg
● Swelling and erythema (reddening of the skin)If You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
Immediate interventions for a meniscus tear that you should do right away are the same as for most acute orthopedic injuries. This is the RICE protocol. RICE is an acronym for:
Some tears to a meniscus will require surgical intervention, but not all. Being that the outer edges have a much better blood supply than the inner edges of a meniscus, if a tear is small enough, it may heal on its own with proper rest and conservative treatment. This is not always the case however and some meniscus tears will require surgery to fix the injury. Surgery for a meniscus tear is quite simple, and recovery is not hard. It will require rest, and a course of physical therapy to stretch and strengthen the surrounding musculature in order to speedily return you to maximum function.