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Does My Meniscus Tear Need Surgery?

Many athletes end up suffering from a meniscus tear. But is surgery necessary?

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A meniscus tear is a common injury for many people, including runners. If an MRI shows that you have a meniscus tear, what’s the next step?

Dr. Jordan Metzl examines the meniscus tear injury and sheds some insight into how often it requires surgery. He also explores the possibility that knee pain is actually caused by some other problem, even if an MRI confirms you have a meniscus tear.

While each injury certainly should be viewed on an individual basis, Metzl gives a general overview of cases he’s seen over the years. He also offers advice for those unsure of what to do about their knee injury.

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