In the majority of cases, meniscus tears do not require surgery. This is particularly true for minor tears outside of the meniscus, which tend to heal quicker. Upon diagnosis of a tear, physicians typically recommend a course of nonsurgical treatments. This can include rest, changing daily activities, over-the-counter medication, ice, and physical therapy. It is very important not to overexert your knee when recovering from a meniscus tear, as it can worsen the injury.
Meniscus repair surgery can become an option in the following situations:
- A tear occurs in the inner portion of the meniscus, which receives less blood flow
- Pain and mobility problems are severe and affect daily activities
- A less serious tear worsens
- Symptoms are not responding to conservative treatments and the tear is not healing