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Meniscus Tear Treatment
The meniscus is a crescent-shaped disc of fibrocartilagenous connective tissue found between the bones of the knee (the femur and tibia). Each knee has two menisci — one on the outer edge (lateral meniscus) and one on the inner edge (medial meniscus) — that cushion your knee and protect the articular cartilage from wear.
Meniscus Tear Treatment: What You Need to Know
- Meniscus tears are very common knee injuries and often occur when athletes twist or turn their upper leg suddenly while their foot is planted and their knee is bent.
- As we age, our menisci become weaker, making them more prone to tearing.
- Depending on the severity of the tear, symptoms of a torn meniscus may include pain, swelling, stiffness, clicking or locking of the knee.
- In addition to a physical examination, an X-ray or MRI may be used to diagnose the condition.
- Treatment for a torn meniscus varies depending on the severity and may include icing, pain medication, muscle-strengthening exercises and surgery.
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Meniscus Surgery | Grace's Story
Grace Herpel was an avid runner with 5 long distance races planned for 2016. But after tearing her left meniscus during the Ocean City half marathon in April 2016, she feared she might never run again.
Grace’s primary care doctor referred her to Dr. Miho Tanaka, orthopaedic surgeon and director of the Women's Sports Medicine Program at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Tanaka understood Grace’s determination and listened to her concerns.
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