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A 37-year-old male asked:

knee mri found apparent tear in the medial portion of anterior horn. injured month ago, trying to find out what type of treatment should be done, army dr. doing nothing and it's getting worse daily?

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Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Meniscal tear: A degenerative meniscal tear simply refers to a tear in part of the cartilage within the knee joint, caused by wear and tear. Joint effusion refers to fluid in the joint, a reaction to the tear. Meniscal tears can typically be treated conservatively, with nsaids, pt, time, and knee injections, if needed. Surgery is rarely necessary.
Dr. Rose Wynn
Dr. Rose Wynn answered
Sports Medicine 16 years experience
PT: Mri showed meniscal tear? Usually you would start with physical therapy, anti-inflammatories for a short period if no contraindications to taking them, possibly a knee brace. If it does not improve, cortisone injection can be considered and if you don't get better or if you have certain symptoms, such as swelling, buckling (knee giving out), locking (stuck), might be a candidate for surgery (scope.
Dr. Marc Tressler
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Torn meniscus: A torn meniscus can be a nagging injury. There are several different tear patterns. Some don't need surgical treatment, but most do. Often operative treatment is delayed to allow non operative treatment time to work. This period can be as long as 6-12 weeks. A surgical arthroscopy with partial menisectomy will likely be recommended when you return to your orrhopedic surgeon.

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