Having a meniscal tear can be extremely painful and meniscus tear treatment can take weeks to months, depending on the severity and type of tear. If you think that you have a meniscus tear, you should take a proactive approach to getting treatment, so you can be on the road to recovery sooner. The meniscus is a moon shaped cartilage in your knee. A torn meniscus is one of the most common sports injuries. Meniscus tears can be partial of complete tears. Here are some of the most common options for meniscus tear treatments:
In order to treat your meniscus tear, you will need:
- General knowledge about the knee
- Ibuprofen (optional)
- Anti-inflammatory Medication. If your meniscus tear is not severe enough to warrant surgery, your doctor will likely prescribe medication. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are commonly prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation in meniscus tears. Ibuprofen is an example of a NSAID used in the treatment of meniscus tears.
- Complete Rest from Exercise. If you have a torn meniscus, the best treatment is to stay off of your knee. Many people who tear their meniscus are physically able to continue running or playing their sport, but this will only prolong treatment. Resting and icing your knee will help to reduce the damage to your meniscus tear. The ideal way to ice your knee is to elevate it and ice for only twenty minutes at a time.
- Arthroscopic Knee Surgery. If your meniscus tear is serious, surgery might be needed to treat it. Surgery is usually the last resort in the treatment of meniscus tears and reserved for tears that will not repair themselves. The surgical treatment to repair a torn meniscus is called a knee arthroscopy. During this treatment a small camera is inserted in the knee and micro incisions are made to fix the tear and remove scar tissue.