Conservation Management of Meniscus Tear


Q: Hi Doc, I have a meniscus tear and will Have surgery on it early next year. It hurts all the time, I'm 33 years old and am on my feet 60% of the day. Is there anything I can do to relieve the pain in the mean time? I start limping halfway through the day. Like any type of exercises thanks for your response! damone


A:   Conservative management for a meniscal tear consists of :
i) Rest, using crutches if necessary, ice pack for pain relief and compression with a simple elastic bandage to control the swelling. Elevation of the limb also helps to minimize the swelling.
ii) Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen, acetaminophen and oxycodone will help to relieve the pain.
iii) Avoiding standing for long periods of time and pivoting motions may be helpful while you wait for surgery.

Related Q&A

Q: My knee hurts when I cross my legs also when standing for link the amount of time I currently have a standing office ...

Q: Hello, I have a marble sized knot popping out from under my knees cap cause if pain then it will slide back under my ...

Q: I'm 22 years old, 5'3" tall, weighing at 60 kgs. I have gained 8 kgs within 2 months with absolutely no change...

Q: I woke up with knee pain, I cannot bend it, it is not swollen but sore to touch & move, I am getting tingling sen...

Q: Hattie Smith age 86 Situation: Has swelling in her right lower leg and foot. She recently (6/5/16) had a growth r...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon