When one has handled some thousands of auto and truck accident cases, one becomes aware of recurrent injuries that injured accident victims suffer. The torn meniscus is one such injury. The menisci are pieces of cartilage that protect the bones in ones knee serving as both a cushion and a mechanism for reducing friction between the bones.
While menisci serve similar functions elsewhere in the body ( Jaw, sternum, shoulder and wrist) their primary focus for personal injury purposes is however the knee. Symptoms include pain, swelling and instability. while these symptoms can emanate from other causes, the presence of all three often lead to suspicions of meniscal damage.
Diagnosis of a torn meniscus is typically confirmed by MRI or arthroscope. Once the condition is diagnosed what is the best treatment?
The answer is a function of several factors. First, is it a partial tear or complete? Second, how does the knee respond to rest, medication and ice?
If the answer is not that well then the likely next course is physical therapy. If that doesn't work and the knee remains painful and unstable, surgery may be in the cards for you.