There are several non-operative, conservative options to consider for
treatment of a meniscus tear or ACL damage to the knee:
- Lifestyle Modification. Weight loss, modification
of exercise, and avoidance of aggravating activities can prevent further
- Rehabilitation. Specifically prescribed exercises
can improve strength and flexibility in the quadriceps and hamstring
- Anti-inflammatory Medications. Decrease swelling
in the joint and provide temporary relief of pain. Please note, however,
that all medications have risks and should be taken only in consultation
with your pharmacist and physician.
Bracing. A sleeve-like brace that fits firmly around
the knee can provide support.
Minimally invasive knee surgery is considered when all other conservative
measures have failed. It's a positive measure to regain your active lifestyle,
which knee damage has negatively affected over a period of weeks, months
or even years.
Arthroscopy surgery can:
- Relieve pain.
- Improve joint stability.
- Repair tears and damage.
- Maximize quality of life.
- Optimize activities of daily living.