Meniscus Tear

Your meniscus is made up of cartilage that absorbs impacts to your joint as you walk, run or jump and helps your knee move easily. If your knee twists too far or collides with something, your meniscus may tear. After you experience a meniscus injury, turn to Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital for advanced, comprehensive treatment and help getting active again.

Symptoms of a Torn Meniscus

When your meniscus tears, your knee might:

  • Make a popping noise
  • Swell
  • Cause pain
  • Click as you move
  • Prevent your leg from fully straightening

At Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital, your physician will gently press and bend your knee to determine what part of your joint may be injured. Your doctor might also order an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to help determine the source of your pain.

Treating Meniscus Injuries

Help your torn meniscus heal by:

  • Applying ice to your knee and elevating your leg above your heart to reduce pain and swelling
  • Wearing a supportive elastic bandage around the joint
  • Using crutches to keep weight off your injured leg

As you recover, take advantage of knee therapy and rehabilitation at Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital to gradually regain the use of your knee.

Surgery for Meniscus Tears

If you experience a severe meniscus tear, we’ll assist you in restoring function to your joint by performing arthroscopic surgery, including meniscus repair, meniscus transplant or another joint restoration technique. Surgeons at Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital have helped thousands of people by using minimally invasive, outpatient, arthroscopic procedures, which reduce pain and scarring and speed your recovery. You’ll likely walk normally within a few days of surgery, and you’ll be able to return to your daily activities as soon as possible.

Knee Surgery Gets Athlete Back in Play

After experiencing painful injuries to his meniscus and ACL, hockey player Reid Crawford got minimally invasive knee surgery from Eric B. Pifel, MD, of Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital. Explore Reid’s story to find out how the procedure and rehabilitation services helped him recover quickly and return to sports.