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Meniscus Tear Specialist

Orthopedic Specialists -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Orthopedic Specialists

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Palm Harbor, FL

Meniscus Tear Q and A

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What is the meniscus?

A meniscus is a curved piece of cartilage that cushions the space between your shin bone (tibia) and thigh bone (femur). Each knee has two; the plural is menisci. 

What causes a torn meniscus?

Most meniscus tears involve aggressive twisting and pivoting of the knee. This injury is most common in people who play football, soccer, tennis and basketball. It can also occur in older adults due to degeneration of the knee structure. 

How can I tell if I have torn a meniscus?

When a meniscus is torn, many people report one or more of these symptoms: 

  • Stiffness or swelling
  • Mechanical symptoms like popping, locking or catching
  • Severe pain , sometimes on one side of the affected knee
  • Difficulty straightening or bending the knee fully
  • Feeling that the knee is giving way 

It is important to seek an accurate diagnosis from our doctor promptly to treat the condition and prevent further damage. 

How is a meniscus injury diagnosed?

Our board-certified, fellowship-trained doctor will conduct a thorough examination of your knee and its range of motion. Diagnostic tests may include:

  • X-rays – While they cannot see cartilage, x-rays can help rule out other knee injuries
  • MRI – Magnetic resonance imaging produces images of both hard and soft tissue, including the menisci 
  • Arthroscopy – Miniaturized camera-outfitted instruments are inserted into your knee cavity to allow for full visualization

How is a meniscus injury treated?

An accurate diagnosis by our orthopedic specialists will determine the severity of your injury and allow us to create the best plan of care for you. Treatment may include rest and ice packs at home, over-the-counter pain relievers, and physical therapy. In advanced cases, or if you also suffer from severe arthritis, we may recommend surgery.

Don’t take risks with a complex joint like the knee. Get a fast, accurate diagnosis and advanced treatment of meniscus tear by contacting Orthopedic Specialists or booking an appointment online.

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