Do I Need Surgery for a Meniscus Tear
People who have a Meniscus tear will firstly ask if the tear is able to heal without the need for surgery. Most people with a torn Meniscus would rather opt for non-surgical treatments, because they do not want to go through a long period of rehabilitation.
Is a Torn Meniscus Able to Heal Without Surgery?
If a patient has a small tear on the outer side of the meniscus, it is feasible that physical therapy without surgery is all that is necessary for a full recovery. It is important to consider the location of the injury before making a decision as to what type of treatment is more suitable. An injury that is located in fractions of the cartilage with ample blood supply will have a better chance to heal faster compared to the ones with little blood supply.
If the knee with the Meniscus tear is stable, symptoms do not continue, and it does not limit one’s lifestyle, non-surgical treatments are normally recommended. Nevertheless, the decision to postpone Meniscal surgery typically depends on whether the patient’s knee joint continues to function properly and allows him to participate in his chosen activities.
Patients with a more serious Meniscus tear will need to undergo surgery in order for it to heal fully. Large numbers of patients who have underwent surgery felt a lot better post-surgery.
What is Recovery and Rehabilitation Like for Patients with a Torn Meniscus?
If a patient with a Meniscus tear chooses a conservative, non-surgical approach, the inflammation and pain of the torn Meniscus should resolve within several days. Recovery and physical therapy will become a continuing commitment to ensure that all muscles surrounding one’s knee are strong to uphold joint stability.
Recovery time depends on the severity of the tear. Full recovery from Meniscus surgery may take about one or two months, but it is important that patients bear in mind that different individuals heal in their own time.
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