Suggest remedy for pain after a torn meniscus in the knee

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Posted on Wed, 17 Jun 2015 in General Health
Question: I have been diagnosed with a torn meniscus in my left knee (in the white zone) are there any alternatives to reduce pain other than cortisone shots or surgery?
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Answered by Dr. Adrian Rawlinson 27 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Torn meniscus treatment

Detailed Answer:
Hello
thank you for your question. A torn meniscus is very common. A lot actually go undiagnosed.

I generally treat these with conservative care for at least 6 weeks. This means the following ;

reduced activity and no sports.
ice as needed.
Heat if the knee is stiff.
Ibuprofen or similar for pain as needed.
seeing a physical therapist often helps -they can teach you home exercises and stretches.
a neoprene knee sleeve can provide heat and can give relief.

The indications for surgery include ;

increasing pain after 6 weeks
a locked knee
increasing swelling or stiffness
persistent clicking or catching

not all tears need surgery. Try to adopt a non surgical approach for at least 6 weeks if you can.

I hope this helps.

best wishes

Dr Rawlinson
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