Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates | Santa Rosa, CA

Weak at the Knees? We Can Fix That

February is the month of love, but if you’re feeling weak at the knees and not in a lovey-dovey way, don’t worry, we can help. One of the most common knee injuries we see in our office is a meniscus tear.

How do meniscus tears occur?

Meniscus tears are common after a traumatic injury and most frequently occur when the knee joint is bent and the knee then twists in reaction to the trauma. It may also be something as simple as kneeling, deep squatting, or lifting something heavy that can lead to a torn meniscus.

This injury is most frequently seen in athletes and older adults whose cartilage may have worn away with time and usage.

What are the symptoms associated with meniscus tears?

The most common symptoms of a torn meniscus are pain and swelling. You may also hear a popping or clicking sound in your knee as well. Pain and swelling are frequently accompanied by a locking joint that makes it hard to completely straighten the knee as well. Your knee may also feel like it is giving way.

How are meniscus tears treated?

The good news is, you can start treatment for your meniscus tear at home and on your own. The first thing we’d recommend doing is rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medications. If those treatments don’t feel like they’re working or your symptoms continue or worsen, you may need arthroscopic knee surgery. This procedure removes the torn segment of the meniscus so that the edges are trimmed to a smooth surface. Occasionally, the torn edges can then be sutured together.

What is meniscus tear recovery like?

It may take several months to recover fully from meniscus surgery, though it depends on if the tissue is sutured together or trimmed. Most patients recover well and are then able to return to their normal activities.

If you have questions or concerns about your knees or other orthopedic issues, give our office a call today. We’d be happy to schedule a consultation and answer any questions you may have. Call 707.544.3400 for an appointment in the Santa Rosa, CA area.

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