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Can a cortisone shot fix a meniscus tear in the knee?

Can a cortisone shot fix a meniscus tear in the knee?

No: Meniscus tears will not heal on their own, but they may become asymptomatic. Cortisone acts as a local anti-inflammatory agent and may decrease the symptoms of some types of meniscus tears, but it will not fix the tear.

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Torn Meniscus (Definition)

In the knee joint there are two types of cartilage, articular cartilage and meniscal cartilage. The meniscus is a triangular shaped piece of fibro-cartilage that sits between the femur and tibia. The meniscus can tear as a result of injury or secondary degenerative changes that occur over time. Because the meniscus cartilage dies not have it's own blood supply, tears often ...Read more


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Will a cortisone shot help with pain from a meniscus tear?

Cortisone: Often times a cortisone injection will temporarily improve pain and inflammation from any cause...Including a meniscus tear. That does not mean that cortisone cures the tear however.

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Does having a cortisone shot help a meniscus tear or is surgery the only option?

Does having a cortisone shot help a meniscus tear or is surgery the only option?

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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I had a local steroid shot for a meniscus tear in the left knee-will this aggravate my skin psoriasis in the future?

I had a local steroid shot for a meniscus tear in the left knee-will this aggravate my skin psoriasis in the future?

Knee injection: Generally speaking an intraarticular cortisone injection should not flare up your skin psoriasis. Just make sure that the injection is not placed through the psoriasis patch if present.

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I have torn meniscus and I had a cortisone shot but it didn't help with inflammation what's the next step?

I have torn meniscus and I had a cortisone shot but it didn't help with inflammation what's the next step?

Symptoms: Should dictate how you proceed from this point if you have significant arthritis any arthroscopic procedures would be of very limited benifit. If you have mechanical symptoms then arthroscopic intervention may be helpful. Your options depend on the overall condition of your knee you should discuss this with your orthopedic surgeon

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I had a cortisone shot in the knee as a diagnostic tool. If the shot works does not does that mean there is internal damage in the knee. Meniscus?

I had a cortisone shot in the knee as a diagnostic tool. If the shot works does not does that mean there is internal damage in the knee. Meniscus?

No: Cortizone relieve inflammation and I am glad that you feel better. However, the success of the injection does not reveal the pathology. In other words, it could be a torn meniscus, it could be one cartilage, it could be inflammation of the lining, etc.

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Had 30% of left medial meniscus removed in July. 8 weeks therapy. Cortisone shot. Whole knee hurts and limp.58 years old. Will I always limp?

Had 30% of left medial meniscus removed in July. 8 weeks therapy. Cortisone shot. Whole knee hurts and limp.58 years old. Will I always limp?

Most likely unless: The cartilage in the knee is a protective covering over the bone. As we age some of that wears off and now you may have bone on bone friction causing inflammation (arthritis). Depending on severity, it can require a knee replacement. Without surgery, it is a progressive deterioration of the joint, and it is most likely that you will limp.

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Is a microfracture procedure advisable for a meniscus tear in the knee?

Is a microfracture procedure advisable for a meniscus tear in the knee?

NO: Microfracture is done when the end of the bone cartilage surface has an area that is worn off. You then use a small "pick" to puncture the bone in the area that the cartilage is worn off to try to make the bone bleed onto this surface and create some scar cartilage to form in the cartilage defect area. The repair cartilage is not normal cartilage but can help some patients. Not for meniscus tear.

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I was wonderful how does one get an meniscus tear in the knee also my knee is out of place leaning towards the left what causes this to happen?

I was wonderful how does one get an meniscus tear in the knee also my knee is out of place leaning towards the left what causes this to happen?

Turning, twisting...: Turning, twisting, squatting maneuvers are common mechanisms of injury for meniscus tears. As we age the meniscus can become more ' brittle' as it loses its water content and ' degenerative' tears are quite common w/ getting in/ out of a a car and other simple mechanisms. Sounds like you have a valgus ('knock- kneed')knee and is a normal 'variant', esp. In women.Best of Luck!

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Can a meniscus tear in the knee heal on its own?

Can a meniscus tear in the knee heal on its own?

No: Once torn, a meniscus does not generally heal on its own. It may however become asymptomatic.

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What is the typical recovery time for a meniscus tear in the knee?

What is the typical recovery time for a meniscus tear in the knee?

It depends: It depends on what procedure you will be having and whether or not there is any associated osteoarthritis as well. For a straightforward arthroscopy and removal of a torn piece of meniscus, the recovery is generally very rapid. If a repair is performed, the recovery is slightly longer. If there is osteoarthritis present, the recovery and theresults are less predictable.

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What is the best OTC pain reliever for a meniscus tear in the knee?

What is the best OTC pain reliever for a meniscus tear in the knee?

Anti inflammatories: Anti inflammatories or nsaids are usually the best to treat pain from menus all tears. The two types available over the counter are Ibuprofen or naproxen.

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Can a meniscus tear in the knee prevent you from straighten the knee and bearing weight on the effected leg?

Can a meniscus tear in the knee prevent you from straighten the knee and bearing weight on the effected leg?

Absolutely: Yes, a meniscus tear can definitely cause you to have difficulty straightening your leg or bearing weight on it. Particularly what is known as a bucket handle tear in which a part of the tear displaces out further into the joint. I would not hesitate to be seen and thoroughly evaluated.

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Is surgery the only way to fix a medial meniscus tear in the knee? Can someone having burning and there knee?

Is surgery the only way to fix a medial meniscus tear in the knee? Can someone having burning and there knee?

Knee surgery: A meniscal tear can be treated conservatively or non operatively with physical therapy and a knee sleeve understanding of course that this will not "heal" the tear. As long as one is not experiencing "locking" symptoms and decreased range of motion with stiffness -assuming of course you do not have dramatic arthritis there is no immediate rush for knee arthroscopy.

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What does acute medial meniscus tear mean? Does this mean a actually tear in the knee joint? Please help

Yes a: A tear in the meniscus of the knee toward the middle yes an actual tear in one of the pads between the thigh bone and shin bone

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Meniscus tear in knee--is it painful?

Meniscus tear in knee--is it painful?

Yes at times: Menicus tears can be painful but some can settle down and be tolerable for years if smaller. People complain of difficulty squatting, twisting, getting up from chairs or toilets, going up and especially down stairs, sometimes sleeping and turning in bed hurts or touching your knees together in bed hurts. Injections of cortisone can give temporary relief, arthroscopy and menisectomy is the fix.

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Do you need knee surgery for a meniscus tear?

Do you need knee surgery for a meniscus tear?

Generally, yes.: They usually do not heal themselves. See an orthopedic knee surgeon to determine if surgical intervention is the right option for you.