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Meniscus Tears

Sports Medicine & Non-Surgical Orthopedic Physicians located in Boulder and Centennial, CO

Meniscus Tears services offered in Centennial and Boulder, CO

Forcefully twisting your knee can cause a meniscus tear, a common knee injury, especially among athletes. At Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics in Boulder and Centennial, Colorado, sports medicine specialists offer progressive, innovative, nonsurgical treatments for meniscus tears. The experts aim to heal your injury as quickly as possible without surgery. Call today or schedule an appointment online.

What are meniscus tears?

Meniscus tears are a type of knee injury. The meniscus is a wedge of cartilage separating the leg bones in your knee joint. The knee joint has two menisci.

Meniscus tears are tears or breaks in the cartilage. You can have an incomplete or complex tear that causes a split in the center of the cartilage (bucket handle tear).

You can tear the meniscus if you forcefully twist your knee while engaging in weight-bearing activities. Meniscus tears are common in athletes who play high-impact sports like football and basketball and can co-occur with ligament injuries like an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear.

I don’t play sports. How did I tear my meniscus?

Anyone can suffer a meniscus tear, even people who don’t play sports. As you age, the cartilage in your knee degenerates, making it more vulnerable to injuries and tears. You can get a meniscus tear doing everyday things like squatting or lifting.

When you tear the meniscus, you might hear or feel a pop, possibly followed by sudden and severe knee pain, swelling, and stiffness. You could have difficulty putting weight on your knee.

What can I expect during a consultation for meniscus tears?

You can expect a patient-focused exam at Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics when you have concerns about meniscus tears. The sports medicine practice aims to help you get better without surgery.

They review your symptoms and the circumstances of your injury. They ask about your daily routine and medical history and examine your knee.

Your provider does a McMurray test to check for a meniscus tear. This involves bending, rotating, and straightening your knee. If you have a meniscus tear, your provider hears a clicking sound while performing this test.

They could order imaging tests to confirm your diagnosis.

Which nonsurgical treatments are available for meniscus tears?

Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics is a state-of-the-art practice offering innovative nonsurgical therapies for meniscus tears. Some of the nonsurgical treatments include:

  • Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
  • Stem cell therapy
  • Prolotherapy

The sports medicine practice uses ultrasound-guided imaging when performing injections to ensure accurate placement of the injected biologic or medication.

Call Breakthrough Regenerative Orthopedics today or click the online booking button to learn about nonsurgical treatments for meniscus tears.