Patients in Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers, & Estero, FL
Your knee joint is formed by three bones: the femur (thigh bone), the tibia (shin bone), and the patella (kneecap). To cushion your joint, two disc-shaped pieces of cartilage, known as the meniscus, pad the area between the bones.
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High impact twists or rotations can create a tear in the meniscus. Often, in sports, players can tear their meniscus; it is one of the most common knee injuries. The meniscus can also tear from constant wear. Both young and old individuals can experience meniscus injury.
A torn meniscus can cause discomfort and noticeably affect day to day movement. The symptoms of a torn meniscus include the following:
- Chronic knee pain and swelling
- Compromised knee stability, or feelings that the knee will “give ”
- “Locking” or “catching” sensations in the knee
- Knee stiffness
Non-surgical treatments following the RICE protocol may be useful. These include rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may also help. If these treatments do not alleviate symptoms, surgery may be an option. Meniscus repair surgery treats the tear arthroscopically, using tiny incisions with a fiber optic camera. Dr. Goldberg, as an experienced orthopedic surgeon, views the damage from the camera. He then removes the damaged cartilage or sutures the surrounding tissue back together. The operation takes approximately 20-40 minutes, and you go home the same day.
In Naples, Bonita, and Estero, meniscus repair procedure recovery takes two to six weeks. In those weeks, the leg will strengthen, and the knee will gradually regain mobility. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, like aspirin and ibuprofen, can be taken to reduce any pain and swelling. Physical therapy will be prescribed by Dr. Goldberg to help restore your movement correctly. In many cases, patients can expect to return and enjoy their previous level of activity.