Sports Docs Weekly Blitz: Save the meniscus!
Posted on 11/02/2017 at 03:16 PM by Thomas Greenwald, MD
Thomas Greenwald, MD
Orthopedic Sports Medicine
Today we’re going to learn about meniscus tears and how they are treated by orthopedic surgeons. The ‘take home message’ here is: SAVE the MENISCUS (if possible).
First off, let me give you a typical scenario: A high school athlete twists a knee and tears a meniscus. The knee is scoped and the meniscus tear is trimmed out. Recovery is straightforward and the athlete gets back quickly. Everything goes well for about 15 years when they start to get a little ache in the knee with activity. This gradually worsens over time and then they see an orthopedic surgeon who gets x-rays and tells them they are starting to get some arthritis.
This can progress over the next 10 years or so, sometimes leading to...