Did you know that meniscus tears are among the most common types of knee injuries? As a leading orthopaedic practitioner in Chandler, Arizona, George K. Myo, MD, and his team are experts at diagnosing and treating meniscus tear injuries. Because Arizona State Orthopaedics offers only the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options available, you can feel confident that you're going to recover from your meniscus tear fully. Your knee might even be stronger after treatment.
You have three bones that come together to form your knee joint. These bones are your:
But if these bones just rubbed against each other all the time, they eventually would wear down. To protect them, you have shock absorbers between your thigh bone and shin bone.
These wedge-shaped pieces of cartilage are your meniscus. They're durable since they're designed to cushion your knee joint and keep it stable.
As durable as your meniscus is designed to be, it can still tear if you're not careful.
Athletes and those who work out extensively are more at risk for meniscus tears. If you squat or twist your knee, for instance, your meniscus can tear.
It's also possible to rip your meniscus if you take a blunt hit, such as a tackle during football or a collision during soccer.
Sometimes meniscus tears occur in elderly adults who have degenerative conditions, too. That happens when your cartilage weakens and wears down with age.
You're more prone to age-related injuries as you age, so even a simple twist while getting up from a chair can result in a torn meniscus.
Treatment for a torn meniscus depends on the location of your injury. The outer one-third of your meniscus cartilage is known for having a consistently rich blood supply. Because of this, it's possible that it can heal on its own with rest and rehabilitation.
But the inner two-thirds of your meniscus don't have the same blood supply. Because this part of your meniscus doesn't get as many nutrients and oxygen for healing, these tears are more complex. These types of meniscus tears almost always require surgical repair or trimming away the cartilage.
If you have severe knee pain that is keeping you from your daily activities, see Dr. Myo at Arizona State Orthopaedics to check if you have a torn meniscus. Book your appointment by calling the office or using the book online feature.