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.
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.
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.

Related Questions

I am suffering from knee pain diagonised with medial meniscus tear...Can I heal it without any surgery...Should I wear a brace?

Depends. It all depends on the kind of tear and the thickness of the damaged tendons and ligaments and this must be determined in person after reviewing the films and with an in person examination. Read more...
Rarely. The meniscus of the knee has for 90%+ no circulation and because of it little potential to heal. Unless the tear is small and very peripheral (where circulation is best) it will not heal on its own. Surgery is advised for tears that are causing locking of the knee. Your symptoms have to correlate with the MRI findings to recommend surgery. Read more...

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...
Highly variable. Not all meniscal tears are the same. Treatment decisions hinge upon several variables: age of tear; location of tear; repairability of tear; presence of other knee injuries present; and most important is whether or not you are having any symptoms from the tear. We operate on your knee, not the mri. After arthroscopy, debridement or repair can require up to 6 to 12 weeks respectively for recovery. Read more...
Recovery time varies. Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you. Read more...

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...

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! Read more...

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

Naprosyn (naproxen) or Advil. If not contraindicated because of bleeding or peptic ulcer or severe hypertension or severe renal insufficiency then naprosyn 375 or 500 mg twice a day (same as aleve). Ibuprofen ( Motrin or advil)has to be taken three or four times a day ( 800 mg every time). Take them with food. Protect the stomach with antacids, h2blockers ( zantac, (ranitidine) pepcid) or with omrazole ( prilosec) 20-40 mg/day. Read more...
Naproxen. . Can get as otc aleve (naproxen). Not necessarily the best just the first NSAID i would try. Read more...
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. Read more...

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. Read more...

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

Not the only option. Some meniscal tears are degenerative and minimally symptomatic. Treatments can be directed at symptomatic relief, with nsaids, knee sleeves, and cortisone injections. Unfortunately, if these fail and symptoms continue, then surgery usually can help. Burning in the knee can be from other sources separate from the meniscus. Read more...
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...