Meniscus Tears and Your Recovery

When you suffer from a knee injury, it takes you out of the fitness game. How long you’re sidelined depends on the severity of the injury and the type of treatment you receive. A torn meniscus occurs when a piece of the cartilage in your knee tears. Since meniscus tears occur when the knee is forcefully twisted or rotated, it’s a common issue among athletes. Continue reading to learn about the different types of meniscus tears, your treatment options, and what you can expect concerning knee surgery recovery.  knee surgery

Types of Meniscus Tears and Treatments

Your doctor will recommend treatment based on the location, pattern, and size of your meniscus tear. While some tears are minor and only require home treatment, others require knee surgery. Take a look at the types of meniscus tears below, along with treatment options for each.

  • Small tear at outer edge of meniscus – This tear is in the red zone and will heal on its own. Doctors recommend rest and home treatment.
  • Moderate to large tear at outer edge of meniscus – Still in the red zone, this type of tear responds well to repair surgery.
  • Tear that spreads from red zone to white zone (inner two-thirds of meniscus) – Surgery to repair can be done, but won’t always work.
  • Tear in white zone of meniscus – Repair surgery isn’t recommended, but a partial meniscectomy is an option if pain and swelling are present.

Your doctor will choose the knee surgery method that’s right for you based on your age, health, and activity level.

What to Expect After Knee Surgery

When you have knee surgery, your surgeon will recommend immobilization (little to no movement) for the following two weeks. Once the initial immobilization period is over, it’s followed by two weeks of limited mobility. You can then resume normal daily activities, avoiding heavy stresses (like squats or running) for several months. To speed the recovery process after your procedure, physical therapy is recommended.

If you think you have a torn meniscus, contact Specialty Orthopaedic Surgery to speak with an experienced orthopaedist.

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