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Meniscus Tear Treatment in Dubai at CMC Meniscus Injury Clinic

A meniscus injury is a tear in one of the menisci (crescent-shaped pads of cartilage that sit inside each knee joint) which often play an important role in stabilizing the knee, facilitating knee joint movement, and cushioning shock from weight-bearing activities such as walking.

Treatment options for meniscus tears may range from at-home remedies to outpatient surgery, depending on the severity of the injuries. By performing leg-strengthening exercises and employing the right techniques when participating in contact sports or activities, one can easily prevent this injury.

Symptoms of a Meniscus Tear

  • Inability to move the knee in a full range of motion
  • Swelling
  • Pain, especially if the area is touched
  • The feeling of the knee locking or catching
  • The feeling as though the knees are giving out or are failing to support you

An individual may also experience a popping sensation. This typically indicates that a loose piece of cartilage is impeding the knee joint.

Risk Factors of a Meniscus Tear

Meniscus tears are most likely to occur as a result of the following factors:

  • Having a job that frequently involves bending or crouching
  • Being male
  • Engaging in sporting activities such as running, skiing or soccer
  • Being over the age of 40 years

Diagnosis of Meniscus Tear

During the diagnosis of a meniscus tear, the doctor will evaluate a detailed medical history of the patient as well as conduct a thorough examination of the knee joint.

The examination will include the following:

  • Range of motion testing
  • Inspection to check for tenderness along the joint line where the meniscus lies
  • Strength testing. However, it is important to note that a meniscus tear may not necessarily affect the strength of the knee

These examinations may not, however, result in a diagnosis. Doctors, therefore, recommend additional tests that assess range of motion in the knee from various positions. They include the following:

  • Apley grind test
  • Thessaly test
  • McMurray test

X-rays are helpful in determining various knee pain sources, but they cannot detect a torn meniscus. The preferred technique for verifying a suspected diagnosis is an MRI scan.

Meniscus Tear Treatment in Dubai

Meniscus tears should initially be treated with conservative techniques known as the RICE method. The method includes rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

  • Rest your knee: To prevent putting any weight on the joint, use crutches. Anything that makes your knee pain worse should be avoided
  • Ice your knee for at least 30 minutes every three to four hours
  • To minimize swelling, compress or wrap the knee with an elastic bandage.
  • Raise your leg to minimise swelling.

Surgery for Meniscus Tear

Surgery becomes a treatment option if your knee isn’t responding to the treatments above. The doctor may recommend arthroscopic surgery. You will be issued detailed instructions by the doctor on how to get ready for this procedure. Examples of the instructions could include the following:

  • Before your procedure, get fitted for crutches and learn how to utilize them
  • Fulfill all prerequisites for surgery, including blood work, X-rays, MRIs, electrocardiograms (EKGs), and other medical clearances, including an anesthetic clearance.
  • Take any prescribed painkillers before your treatment
  • Do not consume any food or liquids at least 6 hours prior to the procedure
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