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WHAT IS A MENISCUS TEAR?

Sometimes referred to as “shock absorbers,” the menisci provide stability and help distribute body weight by keeping the bones in your knee from rubbing against one another. When these shock absorbers are damaged, they can cause pain and a lack of mobility in the knee.

A torn meniscus is one of the most common knee injuries. Anyone at any age can tear a meniscus, though the most common causes are due to traumatic injuries and degenerative processes, meaning athletes and older patients with more brittle cartilage are at an increased risk.

KNEE ARTHROSCOPY FOR MENISCUS TEARS

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MENISCUS TEAR SYMPTOMS

Often, at the time of a meniscus injury or tear, you will immediately be able to tell there is a problem. Not only can this injury be felt acutely when it occurs, but it will almost always be accompanied by pain and swelling. Signs and symptoms of a meniscus tear or injury may include:

  • A popping sensation at the time of injury
  • Pain, especially when twisting or rotating the knee
  • Swelling, stiffness or tightness in the knee
  • Inability to move the knee through its full range of motion
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MENISCUS TEAR DIAGNOSIS

“If your meniscus tear is not diagnosed and treated appropriately, it could lead to arthritis in the future.” — Dr. Vic Goradia 

During your office visit, Dr. Goradia will ask you about your symptoms and any injuries that may have occurred to diagnose a tear. In addition, the doctor will carefully examine your knee for a variety of different conditions. In most cases, these two steps alone can provide the surgeon with a very good idea of your diagnosis.

Depending on your particular case and tear, Dr. Goradia may also find it necessary to include an X-ray to detect if there is any severe damage such as arthritis, or an MRI to identify the meniscus tear and any cartilage damage. These techniques will give a more accurate indication of the problem, but only an arthroscopy can accurately determine the full extent of the damage and simultaneously provide treatment.

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MENISCUS TEAR TREATMENT

Typically, meniscal tears are simply removed. Most tears to the meniscus are in the inner ⅔, where there is no blood supply to make healing possible. These tears require an excision of the torn segment done via arthroscopic surgery through two small skin punctures. After surgery, patients can fully move the knee and walk normally. Most do not even need to use crutches, though some swelling and discomfort is normal, and most patients will require a few visits of physical therapy to regain full strength and function of their knee.

Tears in the outer ⅓ are far less common, but they can occur, usually with a sudden injury in young people. After these surgeries, a brace and crutches are required, usually with two weeks on crutches and an additional four weeks with just the brace. Physical therapy is also required after these repairs, and return to any twisting, pivoting, jumping and sports activities is permitted after 4-6 months.

MENSICUS REPAIR TECHNIQUES

REAL PATIENT SUCCESS STORIES IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

“I had a great experience with Dr. Goradia. Friends that went to other doctors were out of work for months. Because of Dr. Goradia’s skill I made a full recovery just 4 weeks after removal of a torn meniscus in my right knee. I would highly recommend him to anyone!”

sports medicine injury and recovery surgery results success g2Leon S., Firefighter

“I was referred to Dr. Goradia after I tore my right medial meniscus during a technical training course. He quickly diagnosed and repaired the tear, allowing me to return to work within a couple of weeks. I have since returned to Dr. Goradia for other orthopedic needs because of the speed and accuracy of his treatment.”

patient story recovery surgery sports medicine richmondChris W., Police Officer

“I have had problems with my knees since I was 8 years old and saw several orthopedic surgeons. When I got hurt at the end of a football season a family member recommended I see Dr. Goradia. My parents and I were worried that I might not be able to play sports again. Dr. Goradia took the time to listen to my concerns and answer all of my questions about surgery and the recovery process. After arthroscopic reconstruction and repair of both meniscus tears, I was back to playing football 7 months later. Two years later I’m stronger than ever and coaches tell me I may be able to get a college scholarship.”

patient story surgery recovery success doctor goradia g2Aaron H., Student Athlete
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DO I NEED MENISCUS TEAR TREATMENT?

If you think you or someone you know may require treatment for a meniscus tear, contact G2 Orthopedics and Sports Medicine today. Whether you’re a recreational athlete, injured worker or any other individual, Dr. Goradia is passionate about providing each patient with the quality of care given to professional athletes. Request an appointment online or give us a call at 804-678-9000 to get started.

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