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Can a cortisone shot fix a meniscus tear in the knee?
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Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: No
Cortisone is an anti-inflammatory medication so it will decrease or mask the effects of inflammation such as pain or swelling, but it will not fix a tear. Inflammation is one of the first signs of an injury.
Pain and swelling is a fire alarm signalling your naturally made agents of healing to come to the injured area to initiate healing. Steroids can turn off that alarm and slow healing.

In brief: No
Cortisone is an anti-inflammatory medication so it will decrease or mask the effects of inflammation such as pain or swelling, but it will not fix a tear. Inflammation is one of the first signs of an injury.
Pain and swelling is a fire alarm signalling your naturally made agents of healing to come to the injured area to initiate healing. Steroids can turn off that alarm and slow healing.
Dr. John Ayres
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