Meniscus tears are on of the more common knee injuries we see in therapy. Especially, here in the valley. Lots of people injure their meniscus skiing, but also it is common in sports like basketball and soccer. We also see a lot of degenerative tears, where someone injured their knee while they were younger and over time the meniscus breaks down.
For years this has been frequently treated with surgery, although many people do well conservatively. Recently a number of studies have come out that show this surgery isn’t really better than a conservative course of treatment. This one came out last week.
It shows no difference in people with surgery vs. conservative care in a 2 year follow up. So, if you are having meniscus issues, talk to a PT before committing to the knife.