A torn meniscus is a tear in the cartilage of the knee. The meniscus can tear from either trauma or injury or from degeneration. When the meniscus is torn badly, it can lock the knee. It is important to seek immediate medical attention when this occurs.Book Appointment
A torn meniscus is a tear in the cartilage of the knee. The meniscus can tear from either trauma or injury or from degeneration. When the meniscus is torn badly, it can lock the knee. Locking implies that the torn part of the meniscus has displaced into a part of the knee where it does not belong or fit. It is important to seek immediate medical attention when this occurs.
The meniscus is a C-shaped piece of cartilage that acts as a cushion between your thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia). There are two menisci in each knee joint. The function of the meniscus is to absorb shock and distribute the load in the knee.
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The symptoms of a meniscus tear typically include one or more of the following:
Once diagnosed with a meniscus tear, the first phase of treatment is often conservative and non-surgical. In most cases, patients see significant improvements with non-surgical treatment options.
Since a torn meniscus can be painful, the first line of treatment is to take anti-inflammatory oral medications and pain relievers to help ease your discomfort as you recover.
Physiotherapy is the treatment of injury and disease using non-invasive techniques. It focuses on improving your ability to move and function without pain, hence enhancing your quality of life.
Exercises performed during physiotherapy sessions aid in the strengthening of your knee muscles. The goal of physiotherapy is to increase the strength, endurance, and mobility of your knee. It also helps to reduce the likelihood of future injuries.
Corticosteroid injections are anti-inflammatory medications that will be injected directly into your knee to reduce inflammation. However, repeated injections are discouraged as they may cause further damage to the shoulder.
If your symptoms do not improve with physiotherapy and other conservative methods, you may need to turn to surgical options to treat your frozen shoulder to restore the function of your knee.
Dr. Ong will assess your symptoms in detail before recommending the right surgical option for your specific injury.
There are 2 surgical options to choose from, depending on the severity of your meniscus tear:
The surgery you require will depend on your meniscus tear.
The meniscus is a circular piece of cartilage. The blood that supplies nutrients to the meniscus comes from the outer rim.
To undergo Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair Surgery, your meniscus tear must be located near the outer rim so that it can receive a good blood supply in order to heal properly.
However, if your tear is in the central part of the meniscus cartilage, it cannot heal properly due to poor blood supply. Hence, in this case, you will have to undergo a Partial Meniscectomy.
During the surgery, you will be under general anaesthesia. The surgery is typically done using a minimally invasive approach where an arthroscope (tube-like video camera) and other surgical tools are inserted via small incisions in the knee joint space. Your damaged meniscus will either be repaired by suturing the torn edges or be removed.
The risks and complications associated with meniscus repair surgeries are low. However, as with all surgeries, there are some potential risks. These include:
Dr. Ong will discuss the risks associated with the surgery with you thoroughly and address any concerns you may have before going forward.
Dr. Ong is fellowship trained with 15 years of experience in orthopaedic conditions, with a subspecialty in the management of sports injuries and degenerative conditions of the shoulder and knee joints. Dr. Ong uses a personal and professional approach to deliver high-quality care, based on the most up-to-date medical literature.
Dr. Ong Is Passionate In Sports, Giving Him A Deep Understanding Of Sports-Related Injuries And How They Can Be Treated
Our treatment plans are problem-oriented, well organised and personalised, catering to each of your specific needs. We are also committed to seeing you through to recovery, where individualized aftercare plans are designed to ensure a smooth and long-term recovery.
Our individualized treatment plans are designed to treat the cause of your injury quickly. We are passionate about getting you back in the game, and staying in the game. Our team is fully committed to returning you to the life and activities you love.
Senior Consultant, MBBS (Singapore), MMed (Ortho), FRCSEd (Ortho)
Dr Ong Kee Leong is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. He subspecializes in shoulder and knee surgery, arthroscopic sports surgery and the management of sports-related injuries.
He has been registered with the Singapore Medical Council as a specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery since 2011.
At your first appointment with Dr. Ong, he will evaluate your medical history and the pain you are experiencing.
Depending on the symptoms you have, he will likely perform diagnostic imaging tests (e.g. X-Rays or MRI scans) to assess your condition accurately. X-rays and CT scans are useful to rule out bone problems, whilst an MRI scan is excellent for looking at soft tissue (e.g. tendons, ligaments, and cartilage) problems.
After assessing your condition, Dr. Ong will recommend a personalized treatment plan that is specific to your needs. This may include surgical or non-surgical treatment options.
Dr. Ong will only recommend surgical options when all other conventional non-surgical interventions have failed or will not be effective for your condition.
During your consultation, Dr. Ong will first discuss non-surgical treatments with you. If your symptoms do not improve or even worsen during the course of the treatment, Dr. Ong will review the treatment protocol and advise surgery accordingly.
There are some simple measures you can incorporate into your daily life to reduce the risk of a meniscus tear. You should:
Yes, you can. Our Clinic is an accredited day surgery clinic by the Ministry of Health. Singaporeans and Permanent Residents may use their Medisave for consultations, eligible orthopaedic procedures, and medications at our clinic.
The exact amount would depend on the complexity of the procedure. If you have any enquiries, feel free to speak to our friendly clinic staff about using your Medisave account.
Our friendly clinical staff will assist you with your registration, ensuring an efficient and hassle-free process for you.
During your consultation, Dr. Ong will evaluate your medical history and the pain you are experiencing. You may also ask Dr. Ong any questions you may have about your condition.
Dr. Ong will likely perform some form of diagnostic imaging (e.g. X-Rays or MRI scans) to assess your condition accurately.
After imaging, Dr. Ong will review the results of your scans thoroughly with you, and advise an individualised treatment plan just for you.
As you go through your treatment plan, Dr. Ong will follow up with you every step of the way, ensuring that you receive the dedicated care you deserve.