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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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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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Treating a Torn Meniscus (Checklist)

Get imaging, including MRI, to be sure that is the only issue
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Discuss NSAIDs with physician
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Start physical therapy
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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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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
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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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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