Treatment Options for a Meniscus Tear From a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Lafayette, LA
The meniscus is a fibrocartilage structure that stabilizes the knee, absorbs shock, and evenly distributes the weight load on the joint. Athletes aren’t the only ones affected by meniscal tears. In addition to sports, this common knee injury can also occur during many daily activities, such as squatting to pick up an object from the floor or getting in or out of a car. If you suspect that you’ve sustained a meniscus tear, you are encouraged to consult with Peter D. Vizzi, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who practices sports medicine in Lafayette, Louisiana.
How is a meniscus tear treated?
Treatment for a meniscus tear usually begins conservatively with a focus on managing pain and inflammation. In the first few days after this type of injury occurs, many people benefit from traditional R.I.C.E. therapy, which involves:
If necessary, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be taken as needed to relieve painful swelling. The affected knee joint can also be supported with a brace or elastic bandage, which may provide sufficient pain relief to allow for participation in physical therapy or exercise (both of which can hasten the healing process). This approach can allow for a gradual return to daily activities.
Sometimes, arthroscopic surgery is recommended to help diagnose a meniscus tear. Additionally, surgery is the predominant form of treatment for severe or debilitating knee pain caused by a torn meniscus. A surgical procedure may also be the best alternative for protecting the knee from further damage and later problems.
With advanced training in sports medicine and a particular focus on knee conditions, Dr. Vizzi can help you select an appropriate treatment plan for your condition and lifestyle. If you decide to proceed with surgery, Dr. Vizzi can use advanced arthroscopic techniques to repair your meniscus tear.
If you think you might have a meniscus tear and would like Dr. Vizzi to evaluate your painful knee, contact us to schedule an appointment at his office in Lafayette, Louisiana.