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Treating Patients with a Meniscal Tear in Bryn Mawr

Christopher C. Dodson, MD June 9th, 2017

A torn meniscus is one of the most commonly reported knee injuries due to the fact that so many everyday activities and occupations can put strain on it.

Any movement that forcefully twists or rotates the knee, especially with the pressure of your full weight on it, can lead to someone experiencing a meniscal tear in Bryn Mawr. If you or someone you love is suffering from this painful condition, Rothman Orthopaedic Institute can provide you with the specialized care and treatment you need so you can return to the activities you love.

Defining The Meniscus

Each of your knees has two menisci; they are C-shaped pieces of cartilage that create a cushion between your thighbone and your shinbone. These cartilage cushions nourish the joint cartilage surrounding the bones within your knee joint. Each meniscus serves as a shock absorber for walking, running, or jumping, and as well as helping to stabilize your knee joint.

Causes Of A Meniscal Tear

Anyone could suffer from a meniscal tear in Bryn Mawr as a result from any activity that causes a twist or rotation of your knee with great force, such as aggressive pivoting or sudden stops and turns. The risk is especially high for athletes who participate in football, tennis, or basketball. Kneeling, deep squatting, or moderate lifting can also lead to a torn meniscus. The risk of a torn meniscus increases as you get older due to years of wear and tear on your knees.

Symptoms of a Torn Meniscus

The following signs and symptoms can be indicated by a patient who suffers from a meniscal tear in Bryn Mawr:

  • Swelling or stiffness

  • Pain, especially when twisting or rotating your knee

  • A popping sensation

  • Difficulty straightening your knee

  • A feeling as if your knee were locked in place, unable to move or extend

Treatment Options For A Patient with a Meniscal Tear in Bryn Mawr

Treatment for a torn meniscus often begins with:

  • Rest. This may include the use of crutches to take pressure off your knee and promote healing.

  • Ice. Ice is most effective when applied for about 15 minutes at a time every four to six hours the first day, and then as often as needed.

  • Medication. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help ease knee pain and swelling.

  • Therapy. Physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles around your knee to stabilize and support the knee joint.

The first step for anyone experiencing pain and swelling in the knee should be to contact their physician right away. For more information, please visit us here or contact us at 1-800-321-9999.

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