Meniscus Tear Specialist

Able Orthopedic and Sports Medicine -  - Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Able Orthopedic and Sports Medicine

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons & General Orthopedics and Sports Medicine located in Queens, Forest Hills, NY

Your meniscus is a protective C-shaped piece of cartilage in your knee joint (each knee has two). But one swift motion in the wrong direction, or landing wrong after a jump, and you can wind up at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine for a meniscus tear evaluation. Because a meniscus tear can lead to serious pain and swelling, schedule an exam at this Forest Hills, New York, orthopedic practice right away. Click on the online scheduler or call the office to speak with a team member directly.

Meniscus Tear Q & A

What causes a meniscus tear?

Meniscus tears are one of the most common knee injuries for orthopedists to diagnose and treat. This type of painful injury occurs when you rotate or twist your knee too much, especially while you’re putting weight on it. Some of the most common causes and risk factors of meniscus tears include:

  • Pivoting or stopping motions, as with soccer or tennis
  • Lifting heavy weights
  • Deep squatting

Your risk of suffering from a meniscus tear is higher if you’re older since degenerative changes can break down your cartilage. 

How do I know if I have a meniscus tear?

A meniscus tear is known for affecting your normal knee motion. You may feel like something is stuck in your knee and find that it’s difficult to fully extend your knee. If you tear your meniscus, you may also experience:

  • Popping or grinding sensations
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Joint stiffness

Of course, when this fibrous cartilage tears, you’re probably also going to experience pain and difficulty bearing weight on your knee. If any of these symptoms seem familiar, it’s important to schedule an evaluation at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine as soon as possible. Without proper treatment, you risk chronic knee instability and a higher chance of developing osteoarthritis. 

What is the treatment for a meniscus tear?

Treating a meniscus tear depends on which menisci is torn and how severe the tear is. Your dedicated orthopedic surgeon from Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine may combine any of the following conservative meniscus tear treatments:

  • Stem cell injections 
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP)
  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Physical therapy and daily strengthening exercises

For more severe meniscus tears, your orthopedist at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine may recommend surgery. This knee arthroscopy procedure involves making just a few small incisions, inserting the arthroscope and surgical tools, and suturing or trimming the damaged meniscus. Rehabilitation is often necessary for several months after meniscus tear surgery.  

If you suffered from a meniscus tear, the skilled orthopedists at Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine can help. Book your meniscus tear evaluation online or over the phone today.