Are you a golfer? Beware of meniscus tears!

The meniscus is a disc of cartilage in the knee. It works as a shock absorber.  A torn meniscus can lead to arthritis, pain and swelling along with other symptoms.

Why Are We Talking About Golfers and Meniscus Tears?

It is because golfers’ knees are subject to turning and pivoting, stressing the meniscus. The constant twisting can make your knees hurt even more if you already have a meniscus injury. Wear and tear is another top reason for meniscus injury.

What are the symptoms of meniscus tears among Golfers?

  • Knee pain and swelling
  • Mechanical symptoms like catching and locking, instability or giving way

Mechanical symptoms indicate an unstable flap tear of the meniscus.  Complex meniscus tears may not have any of the mechanical symptoms. If you have any, consult one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Phoenix, such as Dr. Adam Farber at Phoenix Shoulder and Knee Clinic, before you go golfing again.

What are the treatment options?

The treatment depends on the cause and extent of the tear.  Most of you will not have Degenerative or complex tears can usually be treated with physical therapy.

For those with mechanical symptoms, surgery is often recommended. Minimally invasive surgery, known as arthroscopy, is used to repair the tear or remove a torn flap or piece.

Your doctor will consider many factors before recommending surgery. They include the type of tear, the cause of your tear, your overall health, and presence or absence of arthritis.

Are you considering going back to golf after treatment?

Before you go back golfing, you should have completely recovered from your injury and the treatment. Physical therapy can help recover strength, endurance and flexibility after a meniscus injury.

To consult one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Phoenix AZ, call Phoenix Shoulder and Knee at (480) 219-3342.

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