Discoid Meniscus

Discoid Meniscus Treatment in Kansas City, MO

The meniscus is a wedge-shaped piece of cartilage that sits between the bones of the knee and acts as a cushion to protect the bones during movement. A discoid meniscus is thicker than normal and usually oval or disc-shaped. This condition allows the knee to be more prone to injury than a normally shaped meniscus.

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Symptoms of Discoid Meniscus

The most common symptoms of a discoid meniscus or a torn discoid meniscus are:

    • Pain
    • Stiffness or swelling
    • Catching, popping, or locking of the knee
    • Feeling that the knee is “giving out”
    • Inability to fully extend, or straighten, the knee

Treatment for Discoid Meniscus

When this condition is causing pain or more symptoms that are bothering a patient, arthroscopy is typically recommended. During arthroscopy, there are a few small incisions made to allow a small camera, or arthroscope, and tools to be inserted in the joint.

After surgery, a brace or soft bandage wrap may be used for several weeks. After initial healing is complete, the patient will undergo physical therapy where they will do exercises to help restore strength and mobility in the knee.

Recovery from Discoid Meniscus Surgery

Most patients return to normal activity over time, however, it is typically recommended to avoid certain sports that put stress on the knee for a length of time during healing; these sports include soccer, tennis, basketball, and football.

Discoid Meniscus Doctors

If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and make an appointment with one of our Kansas City knee and leg specialists. They will perform a complete examination, diagnosing and ultimately treating any problem. From simple physical therapy to complicated surgery, you’re in good hands with Orthopedic Health of Kansas City and we will do what it takes to get you active again.