Meniscus Tears Specialist

Maryland Orthopedic Specialists

Orthopedic Surgeons located in Bethesda, MD & Germantown, MD

In a split second, you can suffer a meniscus tear, a knee injury that limits your ability to walk, play sports, or perform your everyday activities. Fortunately, James S. Gardiner, MD and Christopher S. Raffo, MD at The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics: Maryland Orthopedic Specialists Division can repair a torn meniscus quickly and effectively. At the practice’s two locations in Bethesda and Germantown, Maryland, you’ll find the care you need to make a full recovery. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Meniscus Tears Q & A

What is a meniscus tear?

In your knee, you have two menisci, which are C-shaped bands of cartilage that cushion the areas around your shin and thigh bones. When one of these menisci tears, it can result in extreme pain, swelling, and immobility.

What causes a meniscus tear?

Several everyday activities can cause a meniscus tear, but the injury is common among athletes.

Any motion that causes forceful twisting or rotating of the knee, like sudden pivoting, squatting, or turning, can result in a torn meniscus. Athletes who engage in contact sports like football are more likely to experience this type of injury.

The condition can also develop as a result of degenerative changes in the knee, which happen naturally with age or from diseases like arthritis.

What are the symptoms of a meniscus tear?

Depending on the severity of your injury, a meniscus tear can produce numerous symptoms, including:

  • Swelling or stiffness in the knee and leg
  • Inability to fully extend the leg
  • A popping sound or feeling in the knee
  • Locking of the knee when you try to move it

If you can’t move your knee the way you normally would or you’ve just sustained a blow to the knee, contact The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics: Maryland Orthopedic Specialists Division for a consultation.

How is a meniscus tear treated?

Your orthopedic specialist and physical therapist can design a treatment program that heals your knee and prevents further injury. Most meniscus tears require different approaches, depending on your condition. Common treatment methods include:

  • Cortisone injections: to help reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain in the knee and surrounding area
  • Surgical intervention: procedures performed by Dr. Raffo and Dr. Gardiner that repair the tear and promote long-term healing
  • Bracing: supportive devices that help to stabilize your knee and accelerate healing

Your treatment plan is customized to meet your needs, with the main goal of getting you up on your feet and back to your favorite activities as quickly as possible.

To schedule a consultation with a specialist, call the office today or book an appointment online.