Torn Meniscus Treatment Provided by Florida Medical Clinic’s Orthopedic Specialists

Torn Meniscus Treatment

Torn meniscus treatment can involve any number of surgical and non-surgical options, ranging from anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy to removal or repair of the affected tissues. At Florida Medical Clinic, patients of all ages and activity levels can discuss their treatment options with a team of highly experienced orthopedic physicians, surgeons, and sports medicine specialists.

The ideal approach to torn meniscus treatment often depends on the extent and location of the tear. Minor tears that don’t cause major pain or significantly interfere with a person’s range of motion may heal on their own, and conservative treatment may be used to provide short-term relief in the meantime. Non-surgical torn meniscus treatment options include:

  • Over-the-counter or prescription medications
  • Temporary rest and activity modification
  • Ice
  • Physical therapy

Small tears that only involve the outer portion of the meniscus may heal on their own without surgery. However, more extensive tears may require surgical treatment to repair or remove the damaged tissues and restore stability to the knee.

In some situations, the preferred approach to surgery is to suture together the torn pieces of the cartilage (a procedure known as a meniscus repair). In other situations, the more appropriate option is a partial meniscectomy, in which damaged tissue is simply removed. Depending on the patient’s needs, traditional or minimally invasive (arthroscopic) techniques may be used to perform these operations. The recovery time for each procedure is different, and the right option for each patient depends on his or her lifestyle and activity levels, as well as the severity of the injury.

To schedule an appointment with an orthopedic specialist who can explain your torn meniscus treatment options in greater depth, contact Florida Medical Clinic today. We have several locations throughout the area to make comprehensive orthopedic care easily accessible for all members of our community.

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