Meniscal Tear

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Understanding Meniscal Tear

A meniscal tear is a common injury that affects the cartilage in the knee joint. The meniscus acts as a cushion between the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone), providing stability and smooth movement. Tears can occur due to sudden twisting motions, repetitive stress, or degenerative changes associated with aging.

Symptoms of Meniscal Tear may include:

  • Pain: Especially along the joint line of the knee, worsened by activities that involve bending or twisting the knee.
  • Swelling: Due to inflammation within the knee joint.
  • Stiffness: Difficulty fully extending or bending the knee.
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Locking or catching sensation: Feeling as if the knee gets stuck or catches during movement.
  • Decreased range of motion: Diffculty moving the knee through its full range of motion.

Chronic Pain Treatment for Meniscal Tears

While some meniscal tears may heal with conservative treatment, chronic pain management is essential for improving symptoms and restoring function.


Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen or NSAIDs can help alleviate pain and inflammation. Prescription medications may be necessary for more severe pain.
Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is a holistic approach to pain management that involves the manipulation of soft tissues, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. It can be an effective complementary treatment for chronic pain conditions, providing relief from muscle tension, improving circulation, and promoting relaxation.


Cannabis shows promise as a potential treatment for chronic pain, but its effectiveness varies among individuals, and more research is needed to understand its long-term effects fully.


A knee brace may provide support and stability, reducing pain during activities and preventing further injury.
Corticosteroid Injections
Injections of corticosteroids directly into the knee joint can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. However, these are typically used sparingly due to potential side effects.


In cases where conservative treatments fail to provide relief, surgical intervention, such as arthroscopic surgery to repair or remove the torn portion of the meniscus, may be necessary.

Why Choose Avella for Meniscal Tear Treatment

At Avella you will work closely with our physicians to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and symptoms. With proper care and management, many people with knee meniscal injuries can experience significant improvement in their symptoms and quality of life.

Living with a meniscal tear and chronic pain can be challenging, but with the right approach, it is possible to manage symptoms and improve quality of life. At Avella, we provide personalized management plans to treat knee meniscal tears in order to minimize discomfort and maximize function.

NOTE: Avella staff is well versed in navigating the paperwork for automobile insurance providers through HCAI (for car accident related injury), extended health insurance providers, WSIB (for work related injury) as well as Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Sharma and her staff provide me with pain management in so many forms, and this clinic is the most valuable resource in providing me with better quality of life. Dr. Sharma truly cares and listens, and believes me when I talk about my experience and pain. I have followed her from two other clinics and I’m very glad I could! I can count on this clinic and I feel confident in the fact that they care, and that’s a great feeling to have with any doctor.

Lauren Alexandra

Dr. Sharma and the staff are very welcoming and supportive. The office is very organized and responds well to emergencies when they arise. I appreciate the calm and empathic approach that the clinic takes when dealing with pain. This clinic also consistently is getting in cutting edge treatments into the office that improve the wellbeing of the clients they serve. I would fully recommend treatment with Dr. Sharma and at Avella Injury and Pain Management.

Rachel Moxam

Our daughter has a degenerative disorder which involves both chronic and acute pain. Dr. Sharma has been instrumental in helping to manage our daughter’s pain; she listens to our daughter and has implemented a personalized, comprehensive pain management program, which she assesses and modifies as our daughter’s condition changes. Dr. Sharma has been a major part of our lives for a number of years now, and when she opened the Avella Injury and Pain Clinic, we followed her here.
Chris McKerlie

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