Q. What are the treatment methods for a painful meniscal tear?

Answered by
Dr. Saurabh Raj
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 02, 2022

Hi doctor,

I had an injury on my right knee three years back. I left it untreated and continued my work. Three months back, I had a meniscus tear on the same knee, so the pain got worse. Knee braces are not helpful. My X-ray reports show no fracture, but I can feel the injury. I do not want knee replacement surgeries. Can I undergo amputation to stay pain-free and regain mobility? Please help.



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Your knee ligament injury cannot heal because ligaments have a poor blood supply. A knee brace can only augment your walking without putting extra stress on your knee. From the report attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), X-rays are not helpful in diagnosing the severity of the injury. So take an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). You should undergo knee replacement surgery and physiotherapy later. It is not necessary to amputate a limb for joint surgery. Also, amputating the limb and prosthesis will cost you much, and training to walk takes a long time and is painful. Consult an orthopedic surgeon.

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