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I've been told i likely have a minor lateral meniscus tear. with conservative treatment only, what could i generally expect as recovery time?

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Dr. Frank Holmes answered

Specializes in Sports Medicine

Estimated 3-6 months: Conservative/nonsurgical care for a lateral meniscus tear can include relative rest- esp. from high-impact/cutting activities such as running, heavy hiking, sports, exercise classes; physical therapy; regenerative injections such as platelet-rich plasma and bracing. Meniscal tears are slow to heal as blood supply is poor. If I can help, then join my care team at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes

Answered 10/2/2017

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Dr. Roby Thompson answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

6 weeks: A non displaced tear on the periphery of the meniscus will usually heal in 6 weeks

Answered 8/16/2017

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