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What is a Meniscus Injury?

The two menisci are cartilage discs within the knee that act as a cushion and help to keep the knee stable. A sudden turn or twist can tear one of these discs.

A minor or moderate tear will heal with rest in two weeks or so, while a severe tear can make your knee lock. Fixing a severe tear may require surgery. 

UR Medicine's Treatments for Meniscus Injury

We use advanced diagnostic procedures to determine the full extent of your injury. With this information, we can decide which treatment approach will have the best outcome for you.

  • Conservative treatments: Rest, medication, and physical therapy are often the most effective ways to treat an injury.
  • Injection therapy: Some conditions respond well to medication applied directly at the point of injury. Our doctors use ultrasound to guide them to exactly the right spot.
  • Surgical Treatments: Using a tiny camera slipped through a small incision, our surgeons can see inside your injured joint. They watch their progress on a video monitor while they repair torn tendons and ligaments, reshape bones, or remove fragments of bone and cartilage. When a major injury requires it, our surgeons use the most advanced techniques to repair and rebuild menisci.

What Sets Us Apart?

UR Medicine's Orthopaedics & Physical Performance is a national leader in treating these kinds of injuries. Our surgeons bring decades of experience and training in all of the most advanced treatments. (According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, doctors who perform thousands of knee surgeries have the best outcomes.)

All of our doctors treating meniscus injuries are fellowship-trained—the highest level of achievement in their field.


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Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Greece

South Pointe Landing
10 South Pointe Landing, Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14626

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Penfield

Platinum Office Complex
2064 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road
Penfield, NY 14526

St. James Center for Orthopaedic Care - Hornell

St. James Hospital
7309 Seneca Road North, Suite 107
Hornell, NY 14843

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