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Dr. Christopher Hajnik
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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. ...Read more

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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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Dr. Robert Meislin
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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. ...Read more

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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?

Will help the pain: The shot will help mask the pain, but will not help any potential healing. ...Read more

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Dr. Brian Chimenti
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Will a cortisone shot help with pain from a meniscus tear?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Hohman Jr
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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?

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 ...Read more

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Dr. Moneil Patel
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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Meislin
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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Cortisone (Definition)

A steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex that regulates carbohydrate metabolism and maintains blood pressure. A preparation of this hormone obtained from natural sources or produced synthetically and used to treat inflammatory ...Read more


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Cortizone (Definition)

Cortizone is a low strength steroid which is a kind of ...Read more


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