Meniscal (Knee) Injury
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- What has happened?
- What should I expect?
- What should I do?
- What should I not do?
- Will I be followed up?
- What if I have concerns/questions?
What has happened?
- It is likely you have injured the meniscus in your knee
- This is a small disc like cartilage tissue which acts as a shock absorber for the knee
What should I expect?
- It is common to have pain and swelling in your knee, and to have difficulty walking
- Usually it takes 6-8 weeks to recover from this injury
What should I do?
- Initially you should rest (and possibly use crutches for 24-48hrs), use ice and elevate the leg
- You may require simple pain relief such as paracetamol and ibuprofen
- You can start gently bending the knee right away
- You should make an appointment with a physio to help you recover from this injury - take your ACC form/number with you
What should I not do?
- You should avoid causing further injury by only participating in 'gentle' sports (eg. cycling) for the first few weeks
Will I be followed up?
- No, most of these injuries heal without difficulty and do not require you to return to hospital
What if I have concerns/questions?
- If your injury is not settling or you have other concerns, you should see your GP or physio first - take your ACC form/number with you
- Further specialist assessment may be needed in some cases