Medial Meniscus Injury Treatment
The treatment for meniscus knee injury varies with the severity of the injury. Most minor injuries heal without surgery. Treatment for a meniscus knee injury usually includes rest, elevation, cold compresses, crutches, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment may include an elastic wrap, knee brace, or splint. Treatment for a serious meniscus knee injury may require arthroscopic knee surgery.
Treatment options for meniscus knee injury include:
- Cold compresses
- Use a walker.
- Use crutches.
- Use a cane.
- Elevate the ankle
- Apply an elastic wrap to knee.
- Apply a knee brace or hinged splint.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- Surgery for meniscus knee injury:
- Usually performed arthroscopically
- To repair the torn meniscus
- To remove torn portion of the meniscus
- Physical therapy for knee sprain
- Weight reduction and other lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of secondary osteoarthritis in the knee joint
Medial Meniscus Injury Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for a meniscus knee injury.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- Will I need occupational therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this injury again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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