How to Treat a Torn Meniscus

Female physiotherapist examining leg of man with crutches in hospitalNo matter how careful you are in your physical activities, injuries can occur in an instant. Before you know it, you could be suffering from a debilitating problem like a torn meniscus. When that happens, it’s important to know the right steps to take to treat the injury and prevent further damage. Keep reading for tips on treating a torn meniscus.

At-home Treatment

There are a few things you can do initially to take care of a torn meniscus. Try the following treatment methods at the first sign of injury:

  • Rest – Stay off your affected knee for a while. Avoid any activity that causes pain, especially if it might twist your knee. It’s also beneficial to use crutches while your meniscus heals.
  • Ice – Using ice on the affected area reduces swelling and pain. For the best results, ice your knee every four to six hours for about 15 minutes at a time for the first couple of days. After that, ice only as needed.
  • Medicate – Over-the-counter pain medicine is often sufficient to take care of pain from a torn meniscus.

While some injuries heal themselves with the above treatments, others require further attention. Don’t procrastinate seeking additional  treatment if you feel that rest, ice, and medicine aren’t helping.


If you’re having trouble getting motion back in your knee without pain, it may be time to consider physical therapy. Efficient physical therapy strengthens the muscles in your legs and around your knees, which helps support the joint. This, in turn, helps you heal more quickly and helps prevent you from causing more damage due to lack of strength in the affected area.


Finally, if none of the above is working and your injury doesn’t seem to be repairing itself, your doctor may recommend that you see a knee surgeon. It’s sometimes possible for the knee surgeon to repair the torn meniscus. If not, however, the meniscus can be surgically trimmed.

For more information on how a knee surgeon can correct your torn meniscus, or to learn more about the surgical procedure, contact us today.

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