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Can I treat a meniscus/knee injury without surgery?
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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, possibly
Not all meniscus tears are the same, and asymptomatic tears do not require surgery.
If a tear continues to be bothersome, blocks motion or significantly inhibits normal activities of daily living despite an adequate course of nonoperative management (rest, ice, elevation, and a graduated physical therapy program), then arthroscopy to repair or debride the tear becomes warranted.

In brief: Yes, possibly
Not all meniscus tears are the same, and asymptomatic tears do not require surgery.
If a tear continues to be bothersome, blocks motion or significantly inhibits normal activities of daily living despite an adequate course of nonoperative management (rest, ice, elevation, and a graduated physical therapy program), then arthroscopy to repair or debride the tear becomes warranted.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually not.
If you have a meniscus tear that is symptomatic, you will most likely require arthroscopic surgery.

In brief: Usually not.
If you have a meniscus tear that is symptomatic, you will most likely require arthroscopic surgery.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dr. Tandy Freeman
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Sometimes
Some meniscal tears become asymptomatic without surgery.
Generally, such tears occur in patients over the age of 30 and are not associated with trauma as they result from degenerative changes in the meniscus (think: gray hair or wrinkle). Tears in young people, associated with ligament injuries, and with symptoms (swelling, locking, instability, pain) lasting more than 6 weeks require surgery.

In brief: Sometimes
Some meniscal tears become asymptomatic without surgery.
Generally, such tears occur in patients over the age of 30 and are not associated with trauma as they result from degenerative changes in the meniscus (think: gray hair or wrinkle). Tears in young people, associated with ligament injuries, and with symptoms (swelling, locking, instability, pain) lasting more than 6 weeks require surgery.
Dr. Tandy Freeman
Dr. Tandy Freeman
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Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Therapy
If you have a meniscus tear that is amenable to repair, i suggest surgery because of your young age.
If repair is not an option, then nsaids, ice, therapy.

In brief: Therapy
If you have a meniscus tear that is amenable to repair, i suggest surgery because of your young age.
If repair is not an option, then nsaids, ice, therapy.
Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
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