Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

What is a meniscus tear?

Your knee has two menisci. These crescent-shaped cartilage structures cushion the space between the two bones. You can tear your meniscus if you twist your knee during a sport or because of age-related deterioration.

Is meniscus pain keeping you out of the game? The sports medicine specialists at Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine provide exceptional, integrated care for meniscal tears in Goshen, Nappanee and Shipshewana, IN. Our team is complete with board certified, fellowship trained experts that are passionate about our community. We partner with Elkhart County schools and sports centers to help keep local athletes healthy and active.

If you have torn cartilage or another sports injury, make an appointment at Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine by calling (574) 534-2548.

Causes and symptoms of a torn meniscus

Sudden meniscal tears usually happen in sports, often from twisting your knee or contact forces like tackling. Trauma can also cause a torn meniscus. As you age, your meniscal tissue deteriorates, making it less pliable and prone to tearing. Older people may tear their meniscus when accidentally twisting a knee from standing or walking.

If you’ve torn your meniscus, you’ll notice symptoms such as:

  • A popping sound when the meniscus tears
  • Pain ranging from mild to severe
  • Joint swelling, stiffness or weakness
  • Worsening symptoms over time
  • Your knee giving out when trying to walk

Have you noticed these signs of a torn meniscus? Find a Provider today.

Trusted meniscus tear treatment at Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

When you come to our orthopedic specialists for meniscus tear treatment, we’ll determine the severity of the injury and create a personalized treatment plan. A mild tear may just need medication, ice and rest, while more serious damage may need surgery. We use a minimally invasive procedure called knee arthroscopy for meniscus repair.

Recovery time for a torn meniscus depends on your injury and treatment plan. If you have surgery, our providers will likely recommend a knee brace and avoiding bearing weight on the leg. Physical therapy is conveniently located in the same building as our orthopedic services. Our orthopedics and rehabilitation teams can schedule your appointments on the same day to reduce your travel time.

We understand that you want to get back to your normal activities as soon as possible. For more information about our sports medicine services and compassionate care, call (574) 534-2548 for an appointment.

Goshen Physicians Orthopedics & Sports Medicine offers comprehensive torn meniscus treatment in Goshen, Nappanee and Shipshewana, IN.