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Does having a cortisone shot help a meniscus tear or is surgery the only option?

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Dr. Robert Meislin
Sports Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Cortisone injection

A cortisone injection can be helpful for an older patient with a degenerative meniscal tear and associated osteoarthritis.
The cortisone will not "heal" the tear but reduce some of the surrounding inflammation.

In brief: Cortisone injection

A cortisone injection can be helpful for an older patient with a degenerative meniscal tear and associated osteoarthritis.
The cortisone will not "heal" the tear but reduce some of the surrounding inflammation.
Dr. Robert Meislin
Dr. Robert Meislin
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Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Meniscus tear

If it is primarily arthritis, synovitis, and just a degenerative fraying of theme miscues, the cortisone may help the surrounding inflammation.
If a truly large tear with mechanical symptoms, get a scope.

In brief: Meniscus tear

If it is primarily arthritis, synovitis, and just a degenerative fraying of theme miscues, the cortisone may help the surrounding inflammation.
If a truly large tear with mechanical symptoms, get a scope.
Dr. John Michalski
Dr. John Michalski
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Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Will help the pain

The shot will help mask the pain, but will not help any potential healing.

In brief: Will help the pain

The shot will help mask the pain, but will not help any potential healing.
Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
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