Meniscus Tear Treatment
Dr. Getelman will determine the appropriate treatment plan after examining the type of meniscus tear, its precise location, its size and the level of associated injury.
A portion of the outer 1/3 of the meniscus, called the red zone, has a rich blood supply and injuries in the red zone have potential for healing. The remainder of the meniscus, called the white zone which is largely the inner 2/3, lacks a blood supply and therefore will typically not heal and often require surgery.
Treatment with RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) method and anti-inflammatory medications are typically recommended initially by Dr. Getelman for a meniscus injury not requiring a surgical repair. Physical therapy may be prescribed to help reduce the swelling, restore the range of motion and strengthen the knee.
If the patient does not respond and continues to have pain, swelling or mechanical symptoms of locking catching or giving out then surgery may be required. In those cases, Dr. Getelman will recommend a minimally invasive, arthroscopic procedure called a meniscectomy. During this procedure, he will trim out the tear or suture the torn pieces of cartilage together. At your consultation, Dr Getelman will discuss which surgical option is best and will discuss the different rehabilitation programs for removal or meniscectomy as compared to meniscal repair with sutures.
For additional information on a meniscus injury or a meniscus tear, please contact the orthopedic office of Dr. Mark Getelman, knee specialist with offices in Van Nuys, Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles, California.