Can You Continue Running After A Meniscus Tear?

It’s every runner’s and sports lover’s nightmare. The months spent training and preparing for a race or game, or just simply building up strength and endurance for enhanced performance, only to be sidelined by an injury. Even the most careful planning and cautious training can sometimes not be enough, as injuries of some form or another are almost unavoidable for active people.

Dr. Steven Meier is an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine, where he regularly performs expert orthopedic surgery in Los Angeles.

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Signs and Symptoms of a Meniscus Tear

Each knee is surrounded on either side by a C-shaped piece of cartilage designed to provide stability and keep the knee stable in the joint. This is the meniscus. When one or both pieces of cartilage are torn, a person’s weight cannot balance properly across the knee and it will become unstable. The most common symptoms of a torn meniscus are usually pain, and the sensation that the knee is “popping” or sliding out of place.

Meniscal tears are very common injuries and can happen to anyone regardless of fitness or activity levels.

Some tears are more severe than others and treatment and recovery times will depend on the individual person and grade of their injury. Once the cartilage has successfully healed, most people can return to their sport or physical activity of choice. The key is to seek treatment from a professional and ensure that the injury has time to adequately heal.

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For mild to moderate tears, a few weeks of rest and some physical therapy are usually enough. In more severe cases, an orthopedic surgeon may opt to perform arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus.

Contact an orthopedic Surgeon Today

If you have suffered from a torn meniscus, you need to contact an orthopedic surgeon who can provide expert treatment. Waiting too long can make the injury even worse and result in longer recovery times.

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