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Common Signs of a Meniscus Tear

At Michigan Center for Regenerative Medicine, we see a variety of different knee problems, one of which being a meniscus tear. This type of injury can cause quite a bit of pain, but it’s something that we’ve seen strong success with thanks to our regenerative medicine treatments. If you’re currently dealing with knee pain, watch out for some of these common signs that may point to a meniscus tear.

Common Signs That You’ve Torn Your Meniscus 

While it’s extremely difficult to diagnose a meniscus tear without an exam from a board-certified physician, below are a few of the common signs that you may have torn or aggravated your meniscus:

  • Knee Swelling – If you notice your knee swelling after prolonged standing or walking it could be due to issues with your meniscus.
  • Knee Locking – If you experience any of type of knee locking when your knee is in a straight or bent position it could be due to a meniscus tear.
  • Recurring Swelling – If you have recurring swelling after a variety of non-invasive treatments such as rest and ice, you may need to have your knee looked at by a doctor to see if you have a meniscus tear or some other knee problem.

Common Treatment Protocol for a Meniscus Tear

At Michigan Center for Regenerative Medicine, we take a multi-pronged approach to treating knee pain. Below is the typical protocol we follow when helping patients deal with knee pain:

  1. Rest and Relaxation – We always first encourage our patients to rest their knee and try some over the counter pain medications and possibly some anti-inflammatory medications as well.
  2. Knee Injections – Next we’ll try an intra-articular knee injection which will hopefully reduce some of the inflammation
  3. Physical Therapy – We’ve also seen significant improvements by adding physical therapy in addition to our other knee pain treatment options.
  4. Regenerative Medicine Treatments – If your meniscus tear doesn’t respond to any of the above treatment options traditionally you would have a meniscectomy which is a type of knee surgery where the torn part of the meniscus is either sutured or completely removed. This type of surgery can accelerate the rate of degeneration/arthritis in the knee. At MCFRM, we instead perform stem cell injections which are minimally invasive and help to heal damaged tissue over time.

Interested in Looking at Regenerative Medicine Treatments as an Alternative to Knee Surgery?

If you’ve been told that you need knee surgery or you’re just trying to deal with constant knee pain, feel free to reach out to our team here at Michigan Center for Regenerative Medicine. We’ll be happy to setup a consultation with one of our board-certified physicians so you can finally have a plan of how to deal with your chronic knee pain. Give us a call today at (248) 216-1008.

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