A 44-year-old female asked:
does having a cortisone shot help a meniscus tear or is surgery the only option?
3 doctor answers • 9 doctors weighed in
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Meniscus tear: If it is primarily arthritis, synovitis, and just a degenerative fraying of theme miscues, the cortisone may help the surrounding inflammation. If a truly large tear with mechanical symptoms, get a scope.
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sports medicine 36 years experience
Cortisone injection: A cortisone injection can be helpful for an older patient with a degenerative meniscal tear and associated osteoarthritis. The cortisone will not "heal" the tear but reduce some of the surrounding inflammation.
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Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Will help the pain: The shot will help mask the pain, but will not help any potential healing.
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Last updated Jul 9, 2018
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