The meniscus is a rubbery piece of cartilage between the shin and thigh bone that acts as a shock absorber and cushion between these two bones. Each knee has 2 C shape menisci on either side of the knee. Any sudden movement such as a twist or turn can result in injury to the meniscus. A torn meniscus is one of the most common types of knee injuries. Athletes are more prone to meniscus injury because of the sudden movements required to play sports. A tear of the meniscus can result in significant pain, swelling, stiffness, or inability to fully straighten the knee. While sometimes treatment methods such as ice or rest can allow the meniscus to heal on its own, other times, more aggressive treatment options are required such as meniscus surgery to fully repair and heal a meniscus tear. Should you suffer a meniscus injury, expert and knowledgeable orthopedic specialists at AICA Orthopedics are here to help.
Knee pain can vary dramatically depending upon the type of injury. So how can you know if the problem lies within your meniscus? A meniscus tear often results in a popping sensation followed by significant swelling or stiffness. Movement such as twisting, turning, or straightening the knee results in pain. For some, it can feel as if the knee is locked into place when trying to move bend or straighten it. If you have suffered a knee injury accompanied by these symptoms, you will want to consult a medical professional right away. AICA Orthopedics knee specialists can assist you throughout the recovery process to ensure proper and complete healing.
A meniscus repair surgery is most often performed arthroscopically with a scope. The knee surgeon will make a small incision in the knee to insert tubes that will hold the camera for a close up look at the meniscus damage as well as surgical instruments to perform the repair and correct the damage. This type of minimally invasive procedure allows for an easier and faster recovery. Post-surgery physical therapy can be part of the treatment plan to allow for a more complete healing process. Physical therapy will help to strengthen the injured knee, increase range of motion, and decrease pain. Your skilled physical therapist at AICA Orthopedics will provide specific exercises with the goal of obtaining proper knee strength and stability. Although this is a minimally invasive surgery, it can still take up to 6 months of rest and recovery before the knee is strong enough to resume normal physical activity, including returning to playing sports. Because of the expert care you will receive when you turn to our specialists at AICA Orthopedics, your knee will more than likely be significantly stronger than what it was even before meniscus surgery.
It can sound daunting to undergo meniscus surgery. But at AICA Orthopedics, we strive to make the process as easy as possible. Our comprehensive care includes on-site orthopedic specialists conveniently located all in one place. It’s easy to schedule your appointments at AICA Orthopedics. No matter who is involved in your treatment plan, from orthopedic specialists and physical therapists to radiologists, neurologists, pain management specialists, and chiropractors, you can find them all, ready and willing to guide you throughout your recovery process, when you turn to AICA Orthopedics. If you or someone you love has suffered a meniscus injury, you don’t have to live with knee pain. Find relief from pain and injury at AICA Orthopedics, where our patients come first. Our number one priority is to help you heal and recover after a meniscus injury to improve your quality of life and get you back on your feet so you can continue to participate in the activities you love. For more information about what meniscus surgery entails or about our comprehensive treatment plans to alleviate knee pain and bring about relief, give us a call today. You can also schedule an appointment to get started on the road to recovery. We look forward to working with you.