New Jersey's Leading Experts in Knee Conditions & Procedures
Our expert team specializes in restoring function to the Knee after injury or deterioration. We utilize the expertise of awarded Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeons, Sports Medicine Specialists, and Physical Therapists to develop specific treatment plans based on your unique injury, lifestyle, and goals.
What is a Meniscus Tear?
The femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) come together to form the knee joint. The joint is the largest in the body. It supports, stabilizes, and moves the lower body. The meniscus is an important piece of soft cartilage in the knee joint. The meniscus is located between the femur and tibia—serving as a shock absorber that distributes weight and protects the bones from rubbing against each other.
A meniscus tear occurs when a piece of the meniscus is torn. Most meniscus tears happen during sports and physical activities that require cutting, running, and jumping. The following are common symptoms of a meniscus tear:
- Knee instability
- An audible click when bending the knee
Meniscus tears should be seen by one of our specialist as soon as possible. Delaying a diagnosis can make symptoms and the injury worse. A physical examination and MRI are used to diagnose a meniscus tear. There are several different types of tears. Our specialists accurately diagnose meniscus tears. Proper treatment is ensured.
How is a Meniscus Tear Treated?
Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) are used to control initial pain and swelling. Pain and anti-inflammatory medications may also be prescribed. The following are included in a nonsurgical OIBO treatment plan:
- Immobilization. Crutches and a knee immobilizer brace.
- Physical therapy. Stretching and strengthening exercises.
Surgical intervention may be recommended for some meniscus tears. During a minimally invasive arthroscopic meniscus repair, one of our specialists removes or repairs the torn meniscus. Physical therapy is prescribed two weeks after surgery. Our approved physical therapist helps patients regain strength, flexibility, and function. To schedule your appointment with a specialist, call our practice or visit our contact page.
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