Best Doctors in India for Torn Meniscus Treatment

Dr. S K S Marya

Dr. S K S Marya

Orthopedic Surgeon | Chairman & Chief Surgeon – Orthopaedics & Joint Replacement; Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket, New Delhi, India | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Dr. Sanjay Sarup

Dr. Sanjay Sarup

Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon | Head – Othopaedics (Unit-II) & Chief – Paediatric Orthopaedics & Spine Surgery; Artemis Hospital, Gurugram, India | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Best Hospitals in India for Torn Meniscus Treatment

Artemis Hospital

Artemis Hospital

Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon | One of the top Super-Specialty Hospitals, Artemis Hospital is often counted among the top 10 Hospitals in India. Artemis serves patients from across the world | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Fortis-Escorts

Fortis Escorts Heart Institute

Fortis Escorts Heart Institute is one of the oldest and best Cardiac Centers in India. It has some of the best known interventional cardiologists & heart surgeons in India. It also has few other specialties | Contact for Appointment & assistance

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FMRI Gurgaon

Fortis Memorial Research Institute

Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon, India | India’s premier Super Specialty Hospital, Fortis is specialized in all general and advanced medical interventions. Fortis serves patients from across the world | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Indraprastha Apollo Hospital

Indraprastha Apollo Hospital

Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi | India’s premier Super Specialty Hospital specialized in all general and advanced medical interventions. Apollo serves patients from across the world | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Jaypee Hospital

Jaypee Hospital

Jaypee Hospital, Noida | Jaypee Hospital is one of the largest hospitals in Delhi NCR | Jaypee has good medical team for specialties like Cardiology, Oncology, Orthopedics etc | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Manipal-Hospital

Manipal Hospital

Manipal Hospital is a new and fast growing hospitals in Delhi NCR | Manipal has good medical team for specialties like Oncology, Cardiology and CTVS, Orthopedics etc | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Max Hospital, Saket

Max Super Specialty Hospital

Max Super Specialty Hospital, Saket, New Delhi | India’s premier Super Specialty Hospital, Max New Delhi is specialized in all general and advanced medical interventions. Max serves patients from across the world | Contact for Appointment & assistance

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Medanta-The Medicity

Medanta-The Medicity

Medanta-The Medicity, Gurgaon | Founded by world-renowned Heart Surgeon, Dr. Naresh Trehan, Medanta has developed to one of the most reputed super-specialty hospitals in India. Medanta today serves patients from across the world for all major ailments | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Narayana-Superspeciality-Hospital

Narayana Superspeciality Hospital

Narayana Superspeciality Hospital is a world-class medical facility which caters to healthcare needs of NCR region. Equipped with world-class medical equipment and infrastructure, it ensures patients of providing a wide range of treatment.

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psri hospital

PSRI Hospital

Pushpawati Singhania Hospital & Research Institute is a multi-specialty hospital which is well-known nationally and internationally. PSRI hospital is famous for its ambience, quality of care as well as high-level patient satisfaction.

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W-Pratiksha-Hospital

W Pratiksha Hospital

W Pratiksha Hospital is a multi-specialty hospital, excels in IVF, oncology, orthopedics, gynecology, dermatology & maternity. Equipped with cutting edge techinology, experienced & dedicated doctors, it is known to offer highest healthcare standard.

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Torn Meniscus

Torn meniscus is a common knee injury, which can be caused by any activity that can cause you to twist or rotate your knee forcefully, especially when you put full weight on it.

Sometimes treatment such as rest, ice, and medication, is enough to relieve the pain of a torn meniscus and give the injury time for self-healing. However, in some cases, surgical repair might be required in cases of a torn meniscus.

Symptoms

In some cases, meniscal tears might not cause any symptoms or problems. However, like any injury, there is an inflammatory response, which can include pain and swelling. The swelling within the knee joint from a torn meniscus generally takes a few hours to develop and depending upon the amount of pain, and fluid accumulation, sometimes it becomes difficult to move the knee. When fluid accumulates within the enclosed area of your knee joint, fully extending or straightening the knee also becomes quite painful and difficult.

In certain situations, the amount of swelling is not enough for you or anyone to notice. Sometimes you might not be aware of the initial injury, but you might start noting symptoms that develop later. There may or may not be an acute injury. The knee cartilage might become damaged due to a consequence of aging, arthritis, and wearing away of the meniscus causing a degenerative meniscal tear.

The knee joint irritation might settle down gradually, after an injury, and feel relatively normal as the initial inflammatory response resolves. Still, there is a likeliness that other symptoms might also develop over time, which might include any or all of the following:

  • Pain with walking or running too long
  • Intermittent swelling of the knee joint might also occur. Multiple times, the knee with a torn meniscus can feel “tight.”
  • Popping, especially when one is climbing up or downstairs
  • You might also experience a mechanical block where the knee cannot be fully extended or straightened. This occurs when a piece of torn meniscus folds on itself, thus blocking the full range of motion of your knee joint. Therefore, your knee can get stuck, and unable to bend or straighten from a position.
  • You may experience the sensation that the knee is unstable and the feeling that the knee will give way.

Causes & risk factors

Any activity that can cause you to twist or rotate your knee forcefully, can result in a torn meniscus. Aggressive pivoting, kneeling, sudden stops and turns, deep squatting, or lifting something heavy might cause a torn meniscus.

In older people, degenerative changes in the knee can also lead to a torn meniscus but cause little or no trauma.

The risk of having a torn meniscus is high among athletes, particularly those who take part in contact sports, like football, tennis, or basketball.

As you age, it leads to the wear and tears on your knees increasing. Obesity does the same.

Diagnosis

Generally, a torn meniscus is identified during a physical exam. Your doctor may move your knee and leg into different positions, after which he/she will be watching you walk and may also ask you to squat in order to help pinpoint the cause of your signs and symptoms.

He/she might also require tests such as:

X-rays

Since a torn meniscus is made of cartilage, it will not show up on any X-rays. However, X-rays can help in ruling out other problems with the knee that can cause similar kinds of symptoms.

MRI

This technique uses radio waves as well as a strong magnetic field for producing detailed images of both hard and soft tissues, within the knee. It is the best imaging study for detecting a torn meniscus.

Arthroscopy

Sometimes, your doctor might also use an instrument which is known as an arthroscope, which can be inserted through a tiny incision in your knee.

This device has a light and a small camera, which can transmit an enlarged image of the insides of your knee onto a monitor. Surgical instruments can also be inserted through it, if necessary, or through additional small incisions in your knee for repairing the tear.

Treatment

Initially, your doctor should only recommend you to rest, and avoid any activities that might worsen the knee pain. He/she can also recommend ice for reducing knee pain and swelling, and might also recommend over-the-counter pain relievers.

Therapy

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Sometimes your doctor might recommend therapy, in order to help you strengthen the muscles around the knee joint, and also in your legs to help stabilize and support your knee joint.

Surgery

Your doctor might be recommending surgery, if your knee remains painful despite any rehabilitative therapy, or if the knee locks. It is sometimes possible to repair a torn meniscus as well, especially in children as well as young adults.

If your tear is not repairable, your doctor might choose to trim the meniscus surgically, possibly through tiny incisions using an arthroscope. After the surgery, you will need to do a few exercises in order to increase and maintain the strength and stability of your knee.
If you are suffering from advanced, degenerative arthritis, your doctor might be recommending a knee replacement.

Complications

A torn meniscus can cause a feeling of your knee giving way, inability to move your knee normally, or might even cause persistent knee pain. You are also more likely to develop osteoarthritis in your injured knee.

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