About Meniscal Tears

What is it and what are your treatment options?
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267
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What is a Meniscal Tear?

The femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) come together to form the knee joint. The joint is the largest in the body. It supports, stabilizes, and moves the lower body. The meniscus is an important piece of soft cartilage in the knee joint. The meniscus is located between the femur and tibia—serving as a shock absorber that distributes weight and protects the bones from rubbing against each other. A meniscus tear occurs when a piece of the meniscus is torn.

Common Causes:

  • Forced twist or rotation
  • Sudden pivot or turn
  • Deep squatting
  • Heavy lifting

Symptoms of a Meniscal Tear may include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Catching/Locking
  • Knee instability
  • An audible click when bending the knee

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms immediately seek treatment by making an appointment with the Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) team of knee specialists.

When you arrive for your initial consultation, Orthopedic Physicians Alaska (OPA) team of knee specialists will evaluate your areas of concern, discuss your symptoms, and develop a customized and comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. This evaluation is a necessary part of diagnosing your condition and providing the best possible care.

When diagnosing a Meniscal Tear, the OPA specialist will provide:

  • A medical, injury, and symptom history review
  • A physical examination
  • Multiple view x-rays or MRI

Common Treatments:

Nonsurgical treatment options are used to treat a Meniscal Tear. The following may be included in a customized OPA treatment plan:

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)

Decrease inflammation and pain.

Physical Therapy

OPA approved physical therapist will provide exercises strengthen the collateral ligament and surrounding muscles, ligaments and tendons.


A brace and crutches take the weight off the knee.

Activity Modification

Slowing down or stopping activities that caused the injury or cause symptom flare-ups.

Surgical intervention may be recommended for some meniscus tears depending on the severity. During a minimally invasive arthroscopic meniscus repair, the OPA knee specialist removes or repairs the torn meniscus. Physical therapy will be an important part of recovery after surgery.

At OPA, our Board-Certified and Fellowship Trained Knee Specialists are experts in diagnosing and treating meniscal tears.

If you are experiencing pain in your knee, contact our office to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists that are conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla.

Schedule An Appointment

To receive an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan, please make an appointment with one of our Orthopedic Team Specialists at our offices conveniently located in Anchorage and Wasilla, AK.
Anchorage: (907) 562-2277
Wasilla: (907) 357-2267

OPA Knee Team

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Deryk Anderson, DO

Orthopedic Specialist

Tucker Drury, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Adam Ellison, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Robert Hall, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Christopher Manion, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Jeff Moore, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Eli Powell, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Michael Reyes, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Greg Schweiger, MD

Orthopedic Specialist

Our Mission

To provide the finest orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal care in North America, offering general and specialized adult care to all Alaskans and visitors.


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