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Our Approach to Treating

Meniscus Tears

NYU Langone’s doctors diagnose and offer comprehensive treatments for meniscus tears, a common type of knee injury. The meniscus is a piece of crescent-shaped cartilage in the knee joint that helps distribute weight and absorb shock when you move.

Meniscus tears in younger people often result from an injury while playing a sport that involves bending and twisting of the knee. Highly trained orthopedic surgeons at NYU Langone Orthopedic Center and the Sports Medicine Center offer the latest minimally invasive types of meniscus surgery, including repair, removal of damaged tissue, and meniscus transplant when possible. In addition to meniscus repair surgery, our doctors may recommend surgery to realign the leg bones, which helps take pressure off the knee. Postsurgical rehabilitation with specialists from NYU Langone Orthopedic Center is an important part of helping you return to your athletic pursuits and everyday activities.

In older people, meniscus injuries can occur as the cartilage breaks down with age and becomes more prone to tears. These individuals benefit from nonsurgical approaches such as physical therapy and injections that help return them to daily activities.

Treatment for Meniscus Tears

Younger people who are more active may be good candidates for surgery to preserve or replace the meniscus, while older adults who have degenerative tissue in the meniscus may benefit from more conservative, nonsurgical approaches.

Our Research and Education in Meniscus Tears

Learn more about our research and professional education opportunities.