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Are there any non-surgical alternatives for the meniscus repair procedure?

According to a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), physical therapy was proved to be as effective as surgical treatment in patients with meniscal tears and osteoarthritis of the knee.

The meniscal tear may not heal by itself without surgical intervention. In fact, if the surgical intervention is delayed, the meniscus may further tear-off making it unrepairable. Apart from surgery, non-surgical treatments such as exercise and medications may be useful.

Oral anti-inflammatory medications or those that are injected directly into the knee joint can reduce symptoms such as pain and swelling associated with meniscal tear but is not likely to help with healing. Physical therapy exercises such as quadriceps strengthening exercises are recommended as these help reduce swelling and speed up the rehabilitation of the injured knee.

An article published in the Journal of Orthopedics and Traumatology discusses the non-surgical treatment options for meniscal tears, which include the following:

  • Physical therapy exercises - supervised physical therapy sessions, three times a week for the first six weeks and then at least two times a week for the next six weeks
  • Pain-relieving medication for the initial 12 weeks and as required during the follow-up

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