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Meniscal Tear Treatments


If your knee locks up and is painful, your physician may determine that surgery is necessary to remove the damaged meniscus. For knees that are stable and aren't locking, the RICE treatment may be all that is needed, at least for a period of time.

RICE Therapy

  • Rest—Take a break from activities that stress the knee joint. With rest, the knee will be less painful. Some meniscal tears that occur on the outside of the meniscus will heal with time.
  • Ice—Apply ice in 15-minute periods during the first 24 hours after the injury and for several days after, if needed. This helps reduce swelling, inflammation, and pain.
  • Compression—Wrap the knee in an elastic bandage. This will help stop swelling and provide support and protection for the knee. Do not pull the elastic tightly.
  • Elevation—Keep the injured knee raised for the first 24 hours, including during sleep. This will help drain fluid and reduce swelling.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2022 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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