SPORTS MEDICINE & ARTHROSCOPY: MENISCAL TEAR
The knee is the largest joint in the human body, and is often plagued with athletic injuries. Thanks to Kayal Orthopaedic Center’s sports medicine practice, all types of athletes can quickly rehabilitate knee injuries and return to their sport of choice.
Common Athletic Injuries: Knee Meniscal Tear
The knee joint is composed of many complex parts, including ligaments, tendons and bone. Some of the most commonly injured parts of the knee are the menisci, which are two, rubbery cartilage pieces that pad the knee joint and absorb shock during walking, running and sports activities. Depending upon the situation, the menisci may be severely damaged during twisting, squatting, tackling or impact.
Not an athlete? While meniscal tears are common to sports, aging may contribute to degeneration of knee cartilage and tissue. If you’re experiencing knee swelling, aching or tenderness related to the meniscus, NJ sports medicine surgeon Dr. Robert A. Kayal, MD can help. After performing a thorough examination, discussing your symptoms and ordering appropriate diagnostic imaging, Dr. Kayal and his sports medicine team will design a treatment plan that will relieve your knee pain.
Treatment for Torn Meniscus
Small meniscus tears along the outside of the knee can heal on their own with ice, elevation, rest and compression. Over-the-counter or prescribed anti-inflammatory medications may also be helpful, and can reduce pain and swelling. However, when symptoms persist or your meniscus tear is severe, minimally invasive knee surgery may be required. This arthroscopic procedure is performed using small incisions, a tiny camera and specialized instruments designed to repair torn menisci.
Many minimally invasive knee procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, and rehabilitation is faster than with traditional, open surgery. The NJ sports medicine physicians at Kayal Orthopaedic Center, PC are committed to getting you back on your feet safely and quickly, so call today to schedule your appointment.
With two state-of-the-art offices located in Ridgewood, NJ and Franklin Lakes, NJ, Kayal Orthopaedic Center serves athletes throughout Essex, Passaic, Bergen and Hudson Counties. To learn more about your torn meniscus, or to inquire about insurance coverage for your procedure, contact our NJ sports medicine practice today.