Meniscus Tear – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Goodhart, a Carrollton, TX based orthopedic surgeon, provides comprehensive treatment for a broad spectrum of knee conditions. He specializes in diagnosing and treating sports related injuries to the knee, such as Meniscus Tear, Runner’s Knee, ACL Tear etc.

Meniscus Tear

The meniscus is a C-shaped disc that provides cushioning to the knee. Each knee comprises of two menisci located at the outer and inner edge. They help in stabilizing the knee and aid in its smooth functioning. However, a meniscus can tear during activities that put excessive pressure on the knee joint. Depending upon the severity of the injury, A Meniscus Tear may be classified as mild, moderate and severe. The condition can severely affect the functionality of the knee.

Causes Of Meniscus Tear

  • Sudden pivot or turn
  • A forced twist or rotation
  • Direct blow to the knee
  • Excessive squatting
  • Heavy weight lifting
  • Sudden twisting with the foot planted on the ground
  • Sports injuries (football, basketball, tennis etc.)
  • Age related Degeneration

Symptoms Of Meniscus Tear

  • Pain and inflammation
  • Limited range of motion
  • ‘Locking’ or ‘catching’ of the knee
  • Inability to bear body weight on the affected knee
  • Popping sensation

Diagnosis Of Meniscus Tear

The orthopedic doctor may evaluate the symptoms and conduct a thorough physical examination to test range of motion of the knee. McMurray test may be conducted to diagnose Meniscus Tear. During this, the patient may be asked to bend, straighten and rotate the knee. A popping sound during any of these movements may indicate a tear in the meniscus. The doctor may also recommend imaging tests such as X-Rays, MRI scans or Ultrasound to further confirm the diagnosis.

Treatment For Meniscus Tear

  • RICE: It corresponds to Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. The patient may be advised to take complete rest and avoid any activities that may put pressure on the knee. Ice packs may be applied as directed by the doctor to help in reducing the inflammation. Compressing the knee in an elastic bandage and elevating it may also ease the pain.
  • Medication: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) may be prescribed by the doctor to lessen pain and swelling around the knee.
  • Physical therapy: Physical therapy may aid in strengthening the muscles around the knee. It may also assist in reducing pain and increasing the stability as well as mobility of the joint.
  • Surgery: The orthopedic doctor may recommend surgery if the patient does not find relief with conservative treatment.

For treatment of Meniscus Tear and other knee injuries, visit Dr. Goodhart. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic sports surgeon in Carrollton, TX, call at (972) 492 – 1334.