Meniscal Tear Treatments

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meniscal tears

A meniscal tear is a common injury to the knee. The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that acts as a cushion between the thigh bone and the shin bone. It helps to distribute weight and provide stability to the knee joint.

A meniscal tear can occur when the knee is twisted or rotated forcefully, such as when playing sports or during a car accident. Symptoms of a meniscal tear may include pain, swelling, and difficulty moving the knee.

Treatment Options

There are several treatment options for a meniscal tear. The first step is usually to rest the knee and apply ice to reduce swelling. Over-the-counter pain medication can also help to manage pain.

In some cases, physical therapy can be helpful in strengthening the muscles around the knee and improving range of motion. A physical therapist can also teach the individual exercises to help prevent future injuries.

If the tear is severe or does not improve with conservative treatments, we offer our patients an option that may help them avoid surgery. Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a treatment option for a meniscal tear that uses the individual’s own blood to help promote healing. The platelets are injected into the knee at the site of the meniscal tear. 

How Does PRP Work?

PRP therapy involves injecting a concentration of platelets, which are cells in the blood that play a role in healing, into the affected area. The platelets release growth factors that stimulate the repair of damaged tissue. PRP therapy can be used to treat both acute and chronic meniscal tears.

Benefits of Treating Meniscus Tears with PRP

There are several benefits to using PRP therapy for meniscal tears. PRP injections are relatively quick and non-invasive, and they often result in less pain and a faster recovery time compared to surgery. PRP therapy can also be used in combination with other treatments, such as physical therapy, to further aid in the healing process.

PRP therapy is generally considered to be safe, but as with any medical procedure, there are risks involved. Some possible side effects of PRP therapy include pain at the injection site, swelling, and bleeding. It’s important to discuss all treatment options with a qualified healthcare provider at Revived Mobility before deciding on the best course of action.