Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Torn Meniscus Doesn't Always Require Surgery

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Torn Meniscus Doesn't Always Require Surgery

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Dear Doctor K: My knees hurt a lot, more on the left. At 76 years young, I guess I should expect that. An MRI scan shows I have a "torn meniscus" in my right knee, and arthritis in both knees. Is there anything to be done?

Dear Reader: Before I can answer your interesting question, I need to provide some basic information. The meniscus is a crescent- shaped disk of fibrous tissue and cartilage. Each knee has two menisci located between the thighbone (femur) and the lower leg bone (tibia).

The menisci act as shock absorbers. They protect the other cartilage tissue that covers the end portions of the femur and tibia. If a meniscus gets badly torn, it provides less protection to the ends of the bones. This can lead to osteoarthritis, as was diagnosed on your magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI). …

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