The doctor may prescribe NSAIDs to help with pain and swelling. Your doctor may opt for injection therapy, which is usually a cortisone shot to the affected area to reduce inflammation. Surgery may follow if these treatments aren’t enough to take care of the problem. In most cases, a meniscus tear requires surgery to improve the patient’s outcomes.
Different types of meniscus tears require different approaches, but your age, overall health, and activity levels also play a role in the decision that you and your orthopaedic specialist choose.
During the physical exam, your doctor will rotate, bend, and straighten the knee, checking for tenderness and for a clicking noise that is a telltale sign the meniscus has been torn. Typically, the diagnosis is confirmed with MRI.