A knee meniscus tear is one of the most common causes of knee pain. The meniscus is basically the shock absorber within the knee. You can tear either the medial (inside) or lateral (outside) meniscus. The inside meniscus is the more commonly injured side. When someone says they have torn cartilage in the knee, they’re typically referring to a torn meniscus.

The two treatments for a meniscus tear that are most commonly prescribed are surgery or physical therapy. Most noteworthy, if you opt for surgery, you likely will require physical therapy afterward. There is no guarantee that either option alone will eliminate your pain or regain the function in your knee.

However, there is a third choice, Regenexx, which can be used alone or in conjunction with surgery and/or physical therapy to help with the healing process of a torn meniscus.

Recent studies have shown that some of the most popular arthroscopic surgeries, including meniscus surgery, have no benefit at all. Most noteworthy regarding meniscus surgery is that it involves the removal of a portion, if not all of the valuable meniscus tissue. This can accelerate the cascade of degeneration that leads to osteoarthritis. In addition, all surgeries require months of recovery and frequently painful rehabilitation to regain strength and function.

Regenexx regenerative orthobiologic treatments are intended to help you avoid the side effects of surgery and prolong the healthy cushioning environment that the meniscus provides for your knees.