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Meniscus Tears

Anatomy, Pathology, and Treatments:

The meniscus is a fibro-cartilaginous tissue that has a semi-lunar appearance. This tissue is found in the space between the end of the femur (thigh bone) and top of the tibia (shin bone). It acts distribute pressure across a broader surface area of cartilage.

A meniscus can tear as a result of trauma such as a violent, twisting movement to the knee or as the result of repetitive micro-trauma it sustains through one’s lifetime. The tissue itself can also undergo degeneration, which will affect its mechanical properties and predispose it to a tear. A meniscus tear can occur in isolation or can be associated with damage to ligaments such as the ACL or in arthritic states of the knee. Some meniscus tears can become displaced and get entrapped between the bones. This can be improved with minimally invasive meniscus surgery. Some patients may improve with physical therapy and potentially an injection.

Symptoms
  • Pain
  • Sharp stabbing discomfort 
  • Dull burning pain
  • Clicking, ratcheting or catching inside the knee
  • Knee locking
  • Swelling

Pain or discomfort associated with a meniscus tear is usually described as a sharp, stabbing type of discomfort. It can also be a dull type pain or even burning. It can affect the inner or outer aspect of the knee. Patients may experience a sense of clicking, ratcheting or catching inside the knee. In severe cases the knee can lock up as a result of a meniscus tear fragment getting entrapped in between the bones. Swelling commonly accompanies meniscus tears. Many of these symptoms will increase or worsen when patients go up or down stairs or squat and bend their knees deep. Twisting motions can also make these symptoms worse.

What we Treat

Knee Treatments
Knee Arthritis
Knee Tendon Injuries
Knee Ligament Injuries
Meniscus Tears

Hip Treatments
Hip Arthritis
Hip Labrum Tears
Hip Impingement
Hip Dysplasia
Avascular Necrosis
Fractures

Reviews

Jay Mcfarland
15:06 18 Feb 20
I can not understate how much I would recommend Dr.Jimenez. I have been to a lot of doctors for my knees. Dr. Jimenez is the best. I had Bi-lateral knee replacement on Dec 30,2019. I was up and walking on day 2. Two weeks out walking with little assistance other than a cane. Most importantly, PAIN FREE! I honestly didnt think that would ever be possible again. I would recommend him to anyone. His staff is top notch. Very friendly and professional. They made me feel comfortable and kept me informed on what to expect throughout the process. Thankyou so much Naomi,Henry and Dr.jimenez! Yall are a Godsend!read more
Andrea Stearns
01:01 11 Dec 19
Dr. Jimenez is an exceptional surgeon and an incredible person. He and his team go above and beyond for his patients. Dr. Jimenez replaced both my hips August 2018. Recovery was quick thanks to the surgical approach and Dr. Jimenez’s expert skill.  He is a real-life super hero!read more
Joy Pehl
19:34 04 Dec 19
Wanda Corbitt
17:50 13 Nov 19
I chose Dr. Jimenez based on the reviews. I had my first appointment with theNurse Practitioner. He was very pleasant and explained everything to me. I am still waiting for an appointment to get injections in both knees. The issue is with the Medical Assistant,Naomi. I talked with her personally and was told she hasn’t had time to get approval. I am inclined to go to a different Doctor just because of her attitude. She literally said she is only one person and injections weren’t a priority. I hope the Dr. And Nurse Practioner are aware that she is running patients off.read more
Jeff Reeder
22:46 11 Nov 19