In case of meniscal tears, initially a conservative approach to treatment is initiated. This involves rest, application of ice and elevation of the injured limb. With time inflammation subsides and the pain lessens. Then if the knee is actively used, or through physiotherapy, the muscles around the knee joint strengthen and lend support given by the meniscus. Generally this approach to treatment takes care of the symptoms. Surgery is only thought of if these conservative methods fail. So though the tear is not fully repaired, in most cases it heals enough to allow normal joint function.
However, tears which involve the white portion of the medial meniscus and are not fully repairable. The tear in the red zone of medial meniscus will heal with rest, elevation, ice and compression, followed by physiotherapy. If the tears do not repair fully, partial or complete removal of meniscus (meniscectomy) is performed.
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