Meniscus surgery is one of the most common orthopedic operations in the United States. But is it always necessary?
As the largest orthopedic practice in Kansas City, physicians at KCOA have over 100 years of combined experience treating musculoskeletal injuries. As a result, we have helped thousands of patients across the Midwest return to a happy, healthy, and pain-free life.
If you have a torn meniscus, it’s important to find a knee injury specialist who can help. When left untreated, knee injuries can worsen over time and lead to long-term complications.
Is meniscus surgery always necessary?
KCOA offers many torn meniscus treatments in Merriam (and elsewhere throughout the city) — you don’t always need surgery. In most cases, we start with conservative, non-surgical treatments first.
Many mild-moderate meniscal tears can heal with a combination of the following treatments:
Movement can reduce pain and promote healing in your knee. A physical therapist will guide you through strengthening and flexibility exercises to improve joint mobility and function.
Your doctor may prescribe or recommend over-the-counter medications to reduce inflammation and pain. It’s always important to discuss medications with your provider before starting something new.
Your doctor may recommend braces to provide extra support and stability to your knee. This takes some of the stress off the meniscus and allows it time to heal.
Other non-surgical treatments
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (such as Ibuprofen)
If conservative approaches provide little to no relief for your pain, meniscus surgery in Kansas City may be necessary. Our surgeons at KCOA will thoroughly discuss your treatment options and help you make the best decision for you.
Ready to treat your torn meniscus? Contact KCOA today.
You shouldn’t take risks when it comes to your knees. Knees are critical to your mobility and function, so seeking advice from a qualified physician is always advised.
At Kansas City Orthopedic Alliance, we’re dedicated to creating a superior patient experience for all. We’ve helped thousands of patients treat their pain, restore their function, and increase their quality of life.
Scheduling an appointment with one of our providers allows us to find the best treatment for your needs.
For a thorough evaluation, call us at (913) 319-7600 or schedule an appointment today. If you’re struggling with knee pain but don’t know where to start, use our symptom tracker for treatment recommendations.