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What are the treatments for meniscal tear?

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In brief: Treatments of meniscal tear

Treatments divided into conservative and surgical.


Conservative treatment:
It aims to control pain and swelling as well as to regain knee function.
• Rest: complete bed rest for 2-3 days, try to mobilise once swelling and pain permitted
• Ice pack: ice water pack for around 15min every 2-3hrs may help reduce symptoms
Compression: compression across injured knee can be achieved by using crepe, soft knee brace or compression stockinet.
Elevation: elevate the leg at rest helps to control swelling.
Physiotherapy: physiotherapist will offer treatment modalities to control pain and swelling, initiate early mobilization and muscle strengthening and finally agility training to regain function.
• Medications: the doctor will prescribe analgesics to ease your pain and helps the swelling.


Surgical treatment:
Arthroscopic assisted meniscal repair and/ or meniscectomy will be an options for you with torn meniscus. Early surgery is recommended if knee locking occur.


Rehabilitation treatment:
The doctor will collaborate with physiotherapist to tailor an optimal rehabilitation program for you. The doctor may also prescribe knee brace temporarily to relieve your symptoms and to facilitate early return of knee functions.


Nowadays numerous sports and work injury prevention programs are available. Learn one or two of these will help prevent knee injury and risks of tearing the meniscus.

In brief: Treatments of meniscal tear

Treatments divided into conservative and surgical.


Conservative treatment:
It aims to control pain and swelling as well as to regain knee function.
• Rest: complete bed rest for 2-3 days, try to mobilise once swelling and pain permitted
• Ice pack: ice water pack for around 15min every 2-3hrs may help reduce symptoms
Compression: compression across injured knee can be achieved by using crepe, soft knee brace or compression stockinet.
Elevation: elevate the leg at rest helps to control swelling.
Physiotherapy: physiotherapist will offer treatment modalities to control pain and swelling, initiate early mobilization and muscle strengthening and finally agility training to regain function.
• Medications: the doctor will prescribe analgesics to ease your pain and helps the swelling.


Surgical treatment:
Arthroscopic assisted meniscal repair and/ or meniscectomy will be an options for you with torn meniscus. Early surgery is recommended if knee locking occur.


Rehabilitation treatment:
The doctor will collaborate with physiotherapist to tailor an optimal rehabilitation program for you. The doctor may also prescribe knee brace temporarily to relieve your symptoms and to facilitate early return of knee functions.


Nowadays numerous sports and work injury prevention programs are available. Learn one or two of these will help prevent knee injury and risks of tearing the meniscus.
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