By Channing Fang
Tears in the Meniscus
Nonsurgical treatment with rest, ice, compression, elevation, and physical therapy. This may include wearing a temporary knee brace. Surgical treatment can sow the tear back together or partial meniscectomy which is surgery to remove the torn area, total meniscectomy, which is surgery to remove the entire meniscus. This is generally avoided, because this option increases the risk for osteoarthritis in the knee.
Knee Joint Dislocation
If the patella has been shifted completely outside of its groove, the first step will be returning it to its normal position. This process is called reduction and can sometimes happen spontaneously. If not, a doctor can push the patella back in place. For patellar dislocations resulting in a damaged ligament, we will most often reconstruct the damaged ligament surgically using a donor tendon.