Non-operative treatment of degenerative posterior root tear of the medial meniscus

Hong Chul Lim, Ji Hoon Bae, Joon Ho Wang, Chang Woo Seok, Min Keun Kim

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Abstract

We reviewed thirty patients with degenerative posterior root tear of the medial meniscus to investigate clinical results of non-operative treatment retrospectively. There were 3 men and 27 women at a median age of 59 years old (range, 51-65). The median follow-up period was 36 months (range, 24-51). Non-operative treatments included non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs daily for 8-12 weeks and supervised physical therapy twice a week at least during a period of 8 weeks. The symptoms, physical signs, the Visual Analog Scale pain, the Lysholm Knee Scoring scale and IKDC subjective activity level were analyzed at the time of pre-intervention, 6 months, 12 months and the final follow-ups. Most patients had intense mechanical pain initially, but the severity and frequency of pain was decreased within 3 months. Clinical outcome was improved at 12 months follow-up and then declined to a level that was still improved over initial scores at final follow-up. Two patients with Kellgren-Lawrence grade 2 progressed to grade 3 at the median follow-up of 36 months. In conclusion, this study demonstrated that non-operative treatment provided symptomatic relief in most patients with the degenerative posterior root tear of the medial meniscus and functional improvements in a short term follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)535-539
Number of pages5
JournalKnee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Apr 1

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Keywords

  • Degeneration
  • Medial meniscus
  • Non-operative treatment
  • Root tear

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  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Non-operative treatment of degenerative posterior root tear of the medial meniscus. / Lim, Hong Chul; Bae, Ji Hoon; Wang, Joon Ho; Seok, Chang Woo; Kim, Min Keun.

In: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy, Vol. 18, No. 4, 01.04.2010, p. 535-539.

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Lim, Hong Chul ; Bae, Ji Hoon ; Wang, Joon Ho ; Seok, Chang Woo ; Kim, Min Keun. / Non-operative treatment of degenerative posterior root tear of the medial meniscus. In: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. 2010 ; Vol. 18, No. 4. pp. 535-539.
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