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Meniscus Tears: Understanding the Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Meniscus Tears: Understanding the Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Meniscus Tears: Understanding the Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for meniscus tears is essential for anyone experiencing knee pain or discomfort.

Causes

  • Aging: As we age, the meniscus can naturally weaken and become more susceptible to tears.
  • Sudden Twisting or Impact: Sports-related injuries or accidents can cause the meniscus to tear, especially when the knee is forcefully twisted or bent.
  • Degenerative Conditions: Conditions like osteoarthritis can weaken the meniscus over time, making it more prone to tears.

Symptoms

  • Knee Pain: Pain, especially along the joint line, is a common symptom.
  • Swelling: The knee may become swollen and tender.
  • Limited Range of Motion: Difficulty fully extending or bending the knee can occur.
  • Popping or Locking: Some people may experience a popping sensation or locking of the knee joint.

Treatment

  • Conservative Measures: Rest, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medications can help alleviate symptoms.
  • Injections: Corticosteroid injections may provide temporary relief.
  • Surgery: Severe tears often require arthroscopic surgery to repair or trim the damaged meniscus.

Seeking prompt medical attention is crucial if you suspect a meniscus tear. Early diagnosis and appropriate treatment can lead to a quicker recovery, reduced pain, and a return to an active lifestyle. Don't ignore knee discomfort; consult a healthcare professional to address the issue effectively.

Dr. Weber and his team treat over 200 Los Angeles athletes and weekend warriors with meniscus tears each year. We provide personalized treatment for all knee injuries from professional athletes to high school recreational players to weekend skiers. If you are a patient with a knee injury in Los Angeles, please reach out. We can see you within 24 hours.

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