The orthopedic surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide comprehensive treatment for various medical conditions of the knee. They specialize in diagnosing and treating patients suffering from Torn Meniscus.

Torn Meniscus

Meniscus is a tough, rubbery and C-shaped cartilage that assists in balancing the body weight across the knee. It works as a shock absorber and provides cushioning to the knee bones. Forceful twisting, rotating or extending the knee beyond its limit can cause the meniscus to tear. A Torn Meniscus can be classified as bucket handle, flap and radial according to its location and severity.

Causes Of Torn Meniscus

  • Sudden twisting of the knee
  • Severe trauma
  • Lifting heavy weights
  • Repeated athletic activities
  • Injuries during contact sports
  • Age related weakening of cartilages
  • Squatting
  • Sudden blow to the knee
  • Obesity
  • Injury to knee ligaments

Symptoms Of Torn Meniscus

  • Pain in the knee
  • Inflammation
  • Knee may give away or lock
  • Popping sound in the knee
  • Inability to walk
  • Stiffness and numbness
  • Difficulty in bending the knee
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Tenderness on touching the knee

Diagnosis Of Torn Meniscus

The orthopedic doctor may conduct a physical examination to evaluate inflammation, injury or bruising around the knee joint. He may check the patient’s knee to identify other symptoms associated with the condition. Certain imaging tests, such as X-rays, MRI and Ultrasound, may be recommended to confirm a Torn Meniscus.

Treatment For Torn Meniscus

  • Rest: The patient may be advised to give rest to the affected knee and avoid putting weight on it.
  • Medications: The orthopedic surgeon may prescribe certain non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to provide relief from pain and inflammation.
  • Physical Therapy: The patient may be advised to undergo physiotherapy to speed up the healing process. Performing guided exercises can assist in strengthening the knee muscles, improve range of motion and joint stability.
  • Shoe Inserts: The doctor may prescribe wearing arch support, knee brace or shoe insert to decrease pressure on the joint by even distribution of body weight.
  • Surgery: In severe cases, when the symptoms do not subside with non-surgical treatment, the doctor may recommend surgery. During the procedure, the orthopedic surgeon either removes or repairs the torn cartilage pieces.  

For diagnosis and treatment of Torn Meniscus, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with our knee surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.