While athletes are at greater risk, anyone can develop a meniscus tear, which is a very common knee injury. Board-certified orthopedic surgeons Edmond Cleeman, MD, and Craig Dushey, MD, at Manhattan Orthopedics, with locations in Midtown West Manhattan and Astoria in New York, specializes in meniscus tears and provides arthroscopic surgery treatment focused on rapid recovery. For expert management of your meniscus tear, call your nearest New York City office today or book an appointment online.
The meniscus is a wedge-shaped piece of cartilage that separates your shinbone and thighbone at your knee. The meniscus is rubbery and strong and acts as a cushion and shock absorber between the two bones.
Meniscus tears refer to tearing of the tough cartilage. Your meniscus can tear in different ways, and Dr. Cleeman and Dr. Dushey classify your tear based on how it looks and where your tear is located.
Athletes are prone to meniscus tears, especially when engaged in activities that require squatting. A wrong twist of the knee or a hard tackle can also lead to meniscus tears.
You are also at risk of meniscus tears as you get older due to the degenerative changes that occur to the meniscus over time, making it thinner and more susceptible to tearing.
Dr. Cleeman and Dr. Dushey perform a comprehensive examination to diagnose meniscus tears. Your evaluation may include a review of your symptoms and a physical examination of your knee, including the McMurray test.
During the McMurray test, Dr. Cleeman or Dr. Dushey bend your knee, then straightens and rotates it, listening for a clicking sound or pain that indicates tearing. Limited motion and tenderness along the joint are also common findings in a meniscus tear.
To confirm the diagnosis and rule out other causes of your knee pain, Dr. Cleeman or Dr. Dushey may also recommend diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays or an MRI.
Dr. Cleeman and Dr. Dushey develop personalized treatment plans for the management of meniscus tears based on the size, location, and type of tear. If your tear is small, the pain may resolve on its own with rest, ice, compression, and elevation, as well as an anti-inflammatory medication.
However, for severe tears or tears that don’t improve with nonsurgical treatment, Dr. Cleeman and Dr. Dushey offer arthroscopic surgery.
During this minimally invasive procedure, Dr. Cleeman uses a surgical camera and tiny incisions to treat your meniscus, which may include removal of damaged tissue or suturing of the tear.
After your surgical recovery, Dr. Cleeman and Dr. Dushey provide rehabilitation exercises to improve mobility and strength in your knee. If needed, he may also refer you to physical therapy. However, you can successfully recover from your surgery with at-home exercises.
Like you, Dr. Cleeman and Dr. Dushey are focused on rapid recovery and provides you with all the tools you need to get back to your pre-injury self. It may take up to three months to fully recover from your injury and surgery.
For expert management of your meniscus tear from an experienced orthopedic surgeon, contact Manhattan Orthopedics or request an appointment online today.