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

7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Once torn, a meniscus does not generally heal on its own.
It may however become asymptomatic.

In brief: No

Once torn, a meniscus does not generally heal on its own.
It may however become asymptomatic.
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely

Except in very young patients with open growth plates (children and adolescents), meniscus injuries rarely heal without intervention.
Meniscus tissue has a poor blood supply and thus doesn't have good spontaneous healing potential. Sometimes a meniscus injury ceases to hurt or cause symptoms, but the tissue hasn't actually healed.

In brief: Unlikely

Except in very young patients with open growth plates (children and adolescents), meniscus injuries rarely heal without intervention.
Meniscus tissue has a poor blood supply and thus doesn't have good spontaneous healing potential. Sometimes a meniscus injury ceases to hurt or cause symptoms, but the tissue hasn't actually healed.
Dr. Vishal Shah
Dr. Vishal Shah
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Dr. Bennett Burns
Agree, young may heal (but the growth plates aren't involved- just a marker of youth)
Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: No

A verysmall minority have healing potential they dont all need a scope but they wont Healon their own, locking knee swelling lean toward need for scope.

In brief: No

A verysmall minority have healing potential they dont all need a scope but they wont Healon their own, locking knee swelling lean toward need for scope.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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