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Meniscus Repair Treatment & Diagnostics in MRC Nagar, Chennai

Meniscus Repair

Introduction to Meniscus Repair

Tearing of the meniscus is one of the most common knee injuries. It gets torn in any physical activity that involves putting pressure on the knee or rotating it. This injury can be treated easily, but the treatment relies on the severity of the damage.

More than 1 million patients tear their meniscus annually. These include athletes as well as non-athletic people. To know more, contact an Orthopaedic Doctor near you or an Orthopaedic Hospital in Chennai.

What is Meniscus Repair?

The meniscus is a cartilage that’s present in your knee joint. It is C-shaped and acts as a shock absorber and cushion for your knees. It also helps in stabilizing the knee. Each knee has two of these cartilages. Meniscus repair is a surgery that is required when you have a torn meniscus.

Symptoms of a Torn Meniscus

If your meniscus is torn, you might experience the following

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Pain, when the area is either touched or you try to rotate or move it
  • Difficulty in moving the knee or extending your leg
  • Feeling that your knee is locked
  • Feeling that your knee can’t support you

A popping sound or sensation when the tear occurs

Causes of a Torn Meniscus

A tear in the meniscus might be the result of strenuous exercise and can happen to anyone. It may cause a feeling of block in the knee and problems in extending your legs. For further information, you should contact an Orthopaedic doctor near you.

When to see a doctor?

If any of the symptoms mentioned above persist for more than two or three days, call your doctor and get a consultation. If your knee gets locked while you try to straighten your leg, contact your doctor immediately. Look for Orthopaedic doctors near me or Orthopaedic Hospitals in Tardeo, Mumbai if the pain becomes unbearable.

Request an appointment at Apollo Hospitals, MRC Nagar, Chennai

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

Prevention of a Torn Meniscus

  • You can perform several exercises that help in strengthening your knee and making the leg muscles stronger. This will help in protecting your knee from getting injured.
  • Also, make sure to wear a knee brace while playing games or doing any physical activity that may increase your injury risk.
  • Avoid playing sports that make you overexert or cause pain.

Treatment for a Torn Meniscus

The first treatment for any knee injury must be the RICE procedure.

  • Rest your knee. Avoid overexertion or any activities that may cause damage to your knee. Use crutches or a wheelchair if necessary.
  • Ice your knee to relax your muscles. Do it for 30 minutes every three to four hours.
  • Compress the knee in a bandage. This will help in reducing swelling or inflammation
  • Elevate your knee to a higher surface. This will also help in reducing the swelling and the pain. 

If the pain gets unbearable, you can take medication to reduce the swelling and painkillers.

Also if the injury is mild, you should start physical therapy. This will help you in increasing and repairing the mobility and strength of your knee. It may also reduce swelling and stiffness. If your knee continues to hurt and the treatment is not working then the doctor might suggest arthroscopic surgery. The doctor will give you specific instructions before the surgery.

During the surgery, the surgeon will make a small incision in your knee, to trim or cut the tor meniscus. After the surgery, you can start physical therapy. The recovery lasts about six weeks. During this time you will either use crutches or a brace. You can consult an Orthopaedic Hospital near you for more information about the surgery.

Request an appointment at Apollo Hospitals, MRC Nagar, Chennai

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

Conclusion

Meniscus tear is a common injury that can happen to anyone. The recovery from a meniscus tear is usually easy. In several cases, home remedies and treatment are enough for repair, while some require surgery.

Contact an Orthopaedic Doctor near you if you find yourself having any symptoms or knee pain.

Reference Links

Torn meniscus - symptoms and causes

Meniscus Tear of the Knee: Causes, Symptoms, and Diagnosis

Torn Meniscus: Treatment, Symptoms, Surgery, Exercises & Recovery Time

What are the risk factors for getting a meniscus tear?

If you engage in activities that require aggressive twisting, rotating, and pivoting of the knee, you have a higher chance of getting a torn meniscus. Athletes are usually at higher risk, those who play tennis or basketball and especially those who play football which is a contact sport. Wear and tear of the knee due to ageing might be another risk factor, as well as obesity.

How long does an arthroscopic surgery last?

An arthroscopic surgery lasts about an hour. You can leave the hospital premises after the surgery, but you will need to use a brace or crutches.

How long does it take for a meniscus tear to heal?

Recovery and rehabilitation take about six to eight weeks, and you must also do physical therapy to get your strength back.

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