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Torn Meniscus

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Treatment

Torn meniscus treatment may include:

  • Icing
  • Anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen
  • Cortisone injections
  • Muscle-strengthening exercises
  • Arthroscopic surgery

Initial treatment of a torn meniscus usually focuses on controlling inflammation and pain. RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) is the standard recommendation.

In some cases, a torn meniscus will heal itself if it is small and located on the edges of the meniscus. A minor or moderate tear will usually go away in two to three weeks. Ice and rest usually are adequate treatment. Your doctor also may suggest physical therapy.

If the tear is closer to the middle of the meniscus or if it is severe, healing will not occur by itself, and your doctor probably will recommend surgery.

Need Help?

Call 888-402-LVHN (5846) Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Walk-In Care

If you have a minor illness, you can walk into an ExpressCare or schedule a video visit. For allergies, ear infections, cold and flu symptoms, rash and sprains.

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