Suggest remedy for pain after a torn meniscus in the knee

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?
Answered by Dr. Adrian Rawlinson 27 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Torn meniscus treatment

Detailed Answer:
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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