https://d3b3by4navws1f.cloudfront.net/112702726-xs.jpgWhether you are a high school athlete or a sports professional, knee injuries can be extremely painful and debilitating. Dr. David Rudman is a recognized leader in sports medicine, and stays abreast of the latest advancements and surgical techniques to provide our patients with the highest standards of care. We frequently perform meniscus repair at our Bergen County office to help patients from all walks of life to restore functionality to an injured knee. If you have been diagnosed with a meniscal tear, or if you are seeking treatment for generalized knee pain, we can help. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about your treatment options.
What is the Meniscus?
Each knee has two menisci - one on the inner side of the knee, and one on the outer side. This cushion-like tissue acts as a shock absorber and helps to steady your knee by balancing your weight on either side. The flexible, rubber-like menisci can be torn if they become too stressed.
A torn or damaged meniscus can be very painful, and it can prevent your knee from functioning normally. A minor tear in the meniscus may cause only moderate swelling and pain that lasts for a couple of weeks. More serious tears, however, can cause the knee to “lock” or “catch,” causing more severe pain. The joint may wobble, or you may not be able to straighten your leg.
Injuries to the Meniscus
Sometimes the cause of a meniscal tear is obvious, such as when an athlete is competing or training and overexerts the joint by turning or stopping suddenly while running, jumping, or rising from a squat. At other times, the injury occurs without warning, and you may not know exactly when it happened. Tears can also result from natural degenerative processes. Aged, worn tissue is more prone to injury. Regardless of how your meniscus became torn, it is important to find a qualified and experienced surgeon who is able to address your unique needs.
Repairing Meniscal Tears
Meniscal tears can often be treated with a less invasive, arthroscopic procedure that uses tiny incisions. During this type of surgery, Dr. Rudman can either trim away damaged meniscal tissue, or suture torn pieces back together, depending upon the patient's needs. Meniscus repair surgery can allow you to return to regular activities, even sports, in as little as four to five months. After surgery, you should be able to return home on the same day, but you will need to use crutches and wear a brace. Dr. Rudman will also help coordinate physical therapy to increase your range of motion. Physical therapy usually begins within a week to ten days, depending on your condition and treatment goals.
Schedule an Appointment
Dr. Rudman is an exceptional surgeon with the compassion, experience, and training that you can rely on when you need treatment for an ACL repair, a torn rotator cuff, a hand injury, or any other form of sports injury. Contact us today to learn more about our services and schedule an appointment with Dr. Rudman.