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A torn ligament in your knee leads to excruciating pain and the inability to participate in the activities you enjoy or need to do for your job. Called a meniscus tear, the symptoms associated with the knee injury mimic other types of knee pain, so consult a joint expert for a firm diagnosis and meniscus tear treatment. For the best care and service, call on the experienced knee pain team at the Spine & Rehab Group, with offices in New York City and northern New Jersey.

Is a Meniscus Tear Serious?

Anatomy of Meniscus Tear

A meniscus tear is a common knee injury that causes pain, swelling, and stiffness. Sudden twisting of your knee can tear the meniscus cartilage, causing pain and other incapacitating symptoms. The knee joint has two wedge-shaped pieces of fibrocartilage, called menisci, that provide cushioning and stability to this crucial joint.

The debilitating knee pain caused by a meniscus tear affects your ability to walk and do other ordinary activities. If left untreated, the pain gets worse, and you can cause further damage to your knee. You’re also at risk for long-term knee problems such as arthritis.

With a torn meniscus, you have problems walking, standing, and making any movements that stress the knee. This knee problem requires immediate attention. For a same-day or next-day appointment when you’ve experienced a knee injury, visit Dr. Amr Hosny and his talented team of knee experts at the Spine & Rehab Group in New York City or New Jersey. The practice has eight locations.

Our Board certified doctors Amr Hosny, MD, MBA, FASA
Amr Hosny, MD, MBA, FASA
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David Chu, MD, FAAPMR
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Vivek Mehta, MD, FAAPMR Board Certified Interventional Spine Medicine
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Deepali Gupta, MD, DABA, DABPM Board Certified Interventional Spine Specialist
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What Are the Symptoms of a Torn Meniscus?

Knee pain is common, and many knee ailments share the same symptoms. Only a spine specialist who understands how your knee pain connects to the rest of your body can determine if the cause is a meniscus tear. Symptoms that point to a meniscus tear include:

Visit the experienced diagnostic experts at the Spine & Rehab Group to get the appropriate treatment and follow-up care. Conditions that also cause knee pain include:

Your doctors at the NYC and New Jersey spine clinics use the latest technology to diagnose and treat a torn meniscus for the first time. Don’t wait; the sooner you seek treatment, the sooner you can get out of pain.

What Can Cause a Torn Meniscus?

Sports injuries are the most common cause of medial meniscus tears and lateral meniscus tears. Because your knees are so versatile and you rely on them regularly for everyday tasks, as well as in most sports and exercise routines, the primary causes of a torn meniscus typically include:

The doctors at the Spine & Rehab Group have dealt with knee injuries for years. They leverage the latest medical equipment to diagnose and treat meniscus tears. Treatment is interventional and starts with a review to identify the cause of the injury to help design an individualized treatment plan.

Who’s At Risk of Tearing a Meniscus?

Both adults and children are at risk of sustaining this injury, but while anyone can tear a meniscus, there are factors that make you more prone to this injury, including:

Your spine specialist advises you of the risks and provides alternatives and suggestions for torn ligament prevention. Learning these risk factors helps you stay safe if you’re in sports or occupations where the risk is enhanced. Protecting yourself from knee injury guarantees better quality of life and prevents recurrent injuries.

patient TESTIMONIALS ★★★★★

I came to the spine and rehab group for my back and leg pain. I was able to get an appointment the same day I called. The staff was very friendly and courteous. The doctors were very knowledgeable and took time to explain what was causing my pain and answer all my questions. I felt comfortable having my procedure done in their state of the art surgery center, where the staff made you feel at ease. They are very easy to reach and available to answer all your questions.

Narendra G.

The entire staff at The Spine & Rehab group is great. They are so helpful and kind. The doctors really take time to talk to their patients and answer any and all of the questions that I had. I've had office visits and procedures done and everyone to the front desk, to the nurses. and the doctors were just great and knowledgeable. They really got me feeling better as well. Since I starting going there my pain has improved greatly! I would recommend The Spine & Rehab Group to everyone!

Carmen C.

The Spine & Rehab Group is my go to place for chronic pain. The doctors are compassionate and supportive. The nurses and staff are professional and so caring. I have been a patient here for almost 10 years . The doctors and physician assistant are extremely knowledgeable and always looking for the best way to help with my chronic pain! I always recommend The Spine & Rehab Group to people dealing with pain, I even tell my other doctors what wonderful doctors they are.

Val B.

These days it’s hard to find a professional, yet extremely caring physicians office, particularly in the field of Pain Management. Dr. Hosny, Dr. Chu, physician’s assistant Summer and the entire staff have managed to make this happen. Robin helped me many times with insurance to ensure that I got my shots in a timely manner (Hi Robin!). I’ve been going to this office for about three years and I couldn’t be more pleased!


I went to Dr. Hosny with lower back pain. I spend many hours sitting in a truck for my job. After an hour or so I would get pain in my back. Since I am a truck driver, pain killers were not an option for me. After a few sessions with Dr. Hosny, I am pain free. The staff at New Jersey Pain Care Center and are wonderful and caring people. I would recommend anyone go to Dr. Hosny if they want real results.


I had gone to Dr. Hosny with severe back pain after spinal surgery. It was debilitating pain that stopped me from being able to function normally. Dr. Hosny suggested that I have a Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted in my back. It is the best thing I EVER did. I am so excited to be able to return to my normal life with no medication. My experience at the pain center was wonderful. The nurses were very understanding and kind.


I have had back surgeries that provided me no relief from my pain. After a few treatments with Dr. Hosny, I have almost no discomfort. I have no need for my pain medication anymore, and have been able to go back to working out and enjoying activities with my family. I was pleasantly surprised at the treatment I received at New Jersey Pain Care Center. The staff is very nice, and treats you with respect. The facility is clean, bright and everything is brand new.


I had been having pain in my neck for many years. I had been to other doctors and they all recommended that I have surgery. I was hesitant to get surgery, so I wanted one more opinion. I had a friend tell me about Dr. Hosny and New Jersey Pain Care Center. From the moment I met Dr. Hosny I knew he wasn’t your average doctor. He took the time to listen to my concerns about surgery, and he agreed. After my cervical radiofrequency, I have full range of motion back in my neck, and best of all, no pain.

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What’s the Best Treatment for a Meniscus Tear in New Jersey?

Medial or lateral meniscus tear treatment depends on your age, medical history, and severity of the meniscus damage. Imaging tests, such as an x-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), help your doctor confirm the diagnosis and provide the information required for effective meniscus tear treatment. At the Spine & Rehab Group, doctors always begin treatment with the least invasive procedures. Meniscus tear treatment options include:

Your knee joints are complex, so your doctor seeks to identify the exact cause of the pain with a thorough health history, evaluation of the knee itself, and imaging tests. The results form the basis of a personalized treatment plan.

If you experience sharp knee pain during extreme activities, contact the spine doctors at the Spine & Rehab Group. This first step can prevent permanent knee damage and restore full function to your knee.

Page Updated on Nov 16, 2022 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of The Spine & Rehab Group
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