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