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Meniscus Tears

A meniscus tear is the damage that occurs in the cartilage that provides a cushion absorbing shock between the thigh bone and shin bone. Meniscus cartilage tear can occur due to damage during any physical activity that put pressure on the knee joint or an accident that hits badly on the knee joint area. At Kovilpatti Venkateswara Hospital, we provide effective treatment options for meniscus tear depending on the severity of the injury on an outpatient basis or through minimally invasive surgical method.

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Causes of a meniscus tear

A meniscus tear occurs during activities that put direct contact or pressure on the knee joint like a forced twist, a sudden turn, deep squatting, or heavy lifting. The meniscus tear is a common injury in sports men especially in those involved in football, basketball, volley ball and tennis that demands quick twist, sudden stop and turn. Aging and degeneration due to arthritis also cause damage to the meniscus cartilage making them weaker and thinner.

Symptoms of a meniscus tear

The meniscus tear occurs with a popping sound near the knee joint followed by:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty moving the knee
  • Knee locking or catching
  • Slipping sensation blocking the knee joint.

Diagnosing a meniscus tear

Through clinical and physical examination the doctor evaluates the extent of damage to the meniscus cartilage and plan treatment options accordingly. An imaging test is suggested to show in detail the severity of the condition and to determine the cause of meniscus cartilage damage.

Treatment options a meniscus tear

At Venkateswara Hospital, the Knee Meniscus is treated to recover from the damage and to prevent further damage to the affected cartilage. The doctor evaluates the condition and provides instant relief using ice, compression, and elevation to reduce pain and swelling. Over the pain medications and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed to reduce pain and swelling around the affected knee. The doctor provides instructions to reduce further damage to the knee by limiting activities that apply pressure on the knee joint area.

Surgical treatment methods for meniscus tear include arthroscopic Torn Meniscus surgery that is minimally invasive and provides faster recovery from the medical condition and surgery. During the surgery, the damaged cartilage is repaired through small incisions made in the knee area to ease the pain and stiffness. During the surgery, an arthroscope that has a camera attached to its end is inserted through small incision. After evaluating the damage, more incisions are made to insert surgical tools to repair the damaged meniscus cartilage. The surgery lasts for about an hour.

After the arthroscopy surgery, physical therapy is provided by a qualified physiotherapist to increase the knee mobility and stability and to reduce swelling and stiffness.

At Kovilpatti Venkateswara Hospital, we provide the most advanced and sophisticated diagnostics and treatments techniques for meniscus tear. We bring together a multidisciplinary team of highly qualified and well experienced medical and surgical specialists who offer patients safe and effective treatments and rehabilitative programs to bring the patient back to routine at the earliest. To know more about meniscus tear treatment, book an appointment now.

 

           Authored By  Dr.S.Dhamodaran - MBBS  Orthopaedic surgeon, Kovilpatti

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