A meniscus tear can either be “fixed” by healing naturally or through surgical repair. Upon diagnosis, if a doctor believes the injured knee has a chance to heal on its own, they may prescribe a course of rest. Additionally, physical therapy can improve strength stability, and function in the knee joint as the meniscus heals, or after surgery.
If the tear does not respond to conservative treatment, or if it is too severe to heal on its own, a surgical procedure can help to repair the meniscus tear and/or remove damaged tissue that is inhibiting knee function.
Advances in surgical technology and techniques have allowed for these procedures to be performed on an outpatient basis.