Dr. Kouyoumjian is an eminent orthopedic surgeon serving patients across Plano. TX. He specializes in the treatment of Torn Meniscus and other knee related injuries. The doctor uses minimally invasive techniques to treat all type of conditions.
Menisci (plural for meniscus) are C-shaped discs present in the inner and outer edge of the knee. Due to their rubbery nature the discs provide cushioning to the joint and helps to keep it stable. Torn meniscus refers to a condition when any of these discs supporting the knee are injured and hamper functioning of the knee.
Causes Of Torn Meniscus
Symptoms Of Torn Meniscus
Sudden twisting of the knee while playing contact sports like rugby, football, volleyball etc.
Cartilage weakening due to age
Diagnosis Of Torn Meniscus
Stiffness and swelling
Catching or locking of your knee
The knee feels like “giving away”
Difficulty in stretching your leg to full extent
The doctor may begin by conducting a physical test. He may inquire about previous knee injuries and then look for tenderness along the joint line. If inflammation is present it may represent a torn meniscus. To further evaluate the condition, the doctor may conduct a McMurray test. In this he may bend the knee, straighten it and rotate it. The movement builds up a tension on the meniscus and if the meniscus is torn, the doctor may hear a popping sound.
Imaging Tests - To analyze the extent of damage caused to the meniscus and rule out the possibility of other knee injuries, the doctor may recommend certain imaging tests
Treatment For Torn Meniscus
Non-Surgical Treatment –
X-rays – This test may not show torn meniscus, but may reveal other causes of knee pain, such as Osteoarthritis.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) – The test may show the damage caused to the soft tissues of your knee joint.
Surgical Treatment –
RICE – The doctor may advise the patients to follow the rest, icing, compression and elevation method. This may help to reduce pain, swelling and regulate the flow of blood in the affected area.
Medication- Patients may be advised to take painkillers and anti-inflammatory medicines.
– If patient does not get relive from the conservative mode of treatment, the doctor may suggest an arthroscopic surgery. In this procedure a small miniature camera may be inserted into the affected area to visualize the condition. The doctor may make small incisions and insert miniature instrument to perform the surgery. During the process the orthopedic surgeon may conduct a partial meniscectomy in which, he may trim away the torn meniscus. If the damage is severe he may stich or suture the damaged meniscus.
For complete diagnosis and treatment of Torn Meniscus, visit Dr. Kouyoumjian. He is a well-known orthopedic surgeon offering treatment for knee, hip and shoulder related conditions. To schedule an appointment, call at (972) 985 - 1072 or visit 4031 West Plano Parkway Suite 100, Plano, TX 75093.