Meniscus Tears

Meniscus Tears

Meniscus Tear Surgery in Bangalore – The meniscus is a sturdy but rubbery piece of cartilage that serves as a shock absorber between the shinbone and the thighbone. Meniscus appears to C-shaped.

The most frequently occurring knee injury is the wear and tear of this cartilage. Activity that involves heavy weight coupled with a sudden forceful jerk that twists or spins the knee leads to tearing of this cartilage.

A torn meniscus triggers pain and swelling. An impeded movement is observed which hinders free movement and extension of the knee.

Evaluating the severity of the damage, the treatment can be ascertained. Sometimes, when even a proper rest and medication will relieve the pain and even heal the torn cartilage over time. However, in severe cases, a meniscal tear will need surgical intervention.


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The commons signs and symptoms of a torn meniscal are as follows:

  • Pain in the knee especially when tried to move
  • A popping sensation at the time of injury
  • Knee block or knee lock up, obstructing free motion
  • Inflammation with stiffness
  • Inability to stretch the knee
  • Progressive pain as the time lapses

An immediate doctor’s attention is recommended when you observe severe swelling, pain, and stiffness in the knee.

Here are the few FAQ’s about Meniscus Tear by Dr. Sushal Shanthakumar :

It is recommended by the doctors that you should avoid twisting the knee and should see a doctor as soon as possible. The doctor may suggest some of the exercises that can be done in the meniscus tears so that it should not harm the meniscus.

The symptoms of the meniscus torn may go and come back in 1 or 2 weeks with the overuse of the knee. And the main reason why the pain may come back is if you do not treat the pain. In most of the meniscus tears, the pain can go in the joints and thus can bring pain and swelling.

If there is a constant rubbing of the meniscus tear of the torn that might lead to the degeneration of the joint. It happens more in the rare types of tears. This may lead to recurrent pain and swelling in the knees.

Do not forget to take doctor’s approval before you go ahead for these exercises and it is also recommended that these exercises should be followed so that the pain of meniscus tears should not come back:

  • Quadriceps setting
  • Mini squats
  • Straight legs raising
  • Leg extensions
  • Clams
  • Hamstring curls
  • Standing heel raising

No, all the meniscus tears do not need surgery. But if there are any horizontal, long-standing and degenerative tears, that cannot be repaired, for them, you might have to go the surgery. The doctor would decide if the surgery is required or not.

The meniscus tear can be diagnosed with the physical examination. The doctor might move the knee in different directions to check the severity of the tear. This would help him in giving the solution at a faster pace.

You might not need MRI if the symptoms for moderate and not that severe. It depends upon the doctor as well because he has to decide whether a MRI is needed or not. It would be decided by the doctor only.

If the pain is being left untreated then it may become more painful, the swelling may come up and the tear might also become stiff. And it might become very difficult for the doctor to treat the meniscus tear if it is being treated at a later stage. So treat it as soon as the symptoms come up without any delay.