Your meniscus provides cushioning and stability to the knee joint. When torn during a sports injury or other accident, you may hear a pop, feel pain, and lose knee stability. At Sports Medicine Oregon in Wilsonville and Tigard, Oregon, the skilled orthopedic team diagnoses your knee complaints. If it’s determined you have damage to the meniscus, the team offers minimally invasive meniscus repair. Call today or use the online tool to schedule an appointment if you suspect a torn meniscus.
The meniscus is a soft piece of cartilage that offers cushioning and stability where the bones of your thigh, shin, and kneecap meet. It’s located between your thigh bone and shinbone.
The meniscus can tear during sudden movement or due to degeneration. Deep squats, twists during sports play, or a direct impact can cause your meniscus to tear.
This cartilage also becomes brittle and worn down as you get older. If your meniscus is weakened, even simple movements can cause injury.
At the time of your injury, you may experience a painful knee popping sensation. At first, you may still be able to bear weight and walk, but over a few days, symptoms set in. They include:
A thorough evaluation and imaging tests can help the team at Sports Medicine Oregon diagnose your injury to determine if it is a meniscus tear.
A torn meniscus usually doesn’t heal on its own without treatment or surgery. When untreated, portions of the torn meniscus can separate from healthy cartilage and drift into the joint — potentially leading to osteoarthritis.
Conservative treatments like rest and medication can help resolve your symptoms. These may be adequate if you don’t lead an active lifestyle. If you want to restore full mobility, surgery may be required.
During meniscus repair, your surgeon makes a small incision and inserts an arthroscope — a long, flexible tube affixed with a tiny camera. They then use miniature instruments to repair or trim the torn meniscus.
Meniscus repair is usually an outpatient procedure, so you go home the same day to finish your recovery. You’ll elevate the affected knee and apply ice to reduce swelling. You can return to a sedentary job within a week but may need longer if your job is active.
Full recovery takes 4-8 weeks, depending on the extent of your surgery. Following surgery, rehabilitation exercises can help you restore function, mobility, and strength.
If you suspect a meniscus tear, call Sports Medicine Oregon to find out more about repair and recovery. Alternatively, use the online tool to schedule your appointment.