#3 – Torn Meniscus
Phil Davidson, MD – Utah Orthopedic Surgeon
Meniscus tears can be either traumatic or degenerative (wear and tear). The pain of a torn meniscus is typically along the side of the knee and can be sharp and catching. Left untreated, some tears can lead to chronic irritation and cartilage wear.
While some meniscus tears may heal on their own, many need surgical treatment. At the time of surgery, the meniscus is trimmed or repaired, depending on the individual circumstance.
If you are currently suffering from knee pain, the first step is to determine what may be causing your pain. Only once we identify the source of pain (diagnosis) can we outline and consider diagnosis-specific solutions, ranging from simple measures such as ice and exercises to surgery, which is often minimally invasive.