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Meniscus Tears: What You Need to Know

By: Nicholas Slenker, MD   January 10, 2019

Meniscus tears are very common among a variety of athletes. It is generally the result of a dramatic event like running down a soccer field and pivoting. The symptoms that we look for are:

  • Swelling in the knee
  • Pain in the knee
  • Mechanical symptoms like popping or clicking in the knee.


The majority of meniscal tears do not heal on their own. The treatment for a symptomatic meniscal tear is generally arthroscopy, which is a minimally invasive surgery done on an outpatient basis. 


The return to vigorous sporting activity after surgery is anywhere from three to six weeks after surgery. Physical therapy is a really important part of the recovery process, regardless of whether you have surgery or not. 

Dr. Nicholas Slenker is an orthopedic surgeon at Coordinated Health specializing in knee and shoulder injuries.

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