Meniscus Tear Recovery Time Without Surgery
|Return to Daily Routine||2 to 5 days||6+ weeks|
|Return to Sports||3 to 6 months||1 year|
|Recovery||Brace, up to 6 weeks PT||Crutches, brace, extensive, no driving, 3 to 6 months PT|
|Pain Management||Mostly over-the-counter pain medication (days)||Prescription pain medication for weeks (weeks)|
|Keep Your Meniscus||Yes||No|
*Bone Marrow Concentrate Which Contains Stem Cells.
Can a Torn Meniscus Heal Without Surgery?
Yes, the meniscus is a viable living tissue. There are parts of the meniscus with good blood circulation, and tears in those areas heal best.
Physical therapy alone has been shown to be effective in healing some tears but frequently, the meniscus and the body need a helping hand to facilitate and speed up the process. That’s where regenerative medicine and orthobiologics, come in. Regenexx’s patented stem cell therapy protocol uses bone marrow concentrate (which contains stem cells) and precise image-guided procedures to help your body use its own healing abilities to treat the tear and avoid surgery1.Am I a candidate?
Before and After Meniscus Tear MRI Images
Our nonsurgical orthobiologics repair protocols are supported by more than a decade of experience, published research, and patient outcomes, and include mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) therapy and platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP).
Regenexx physicians customize treatments based on the individual to ensure each person gets the relief they need.
Take a look at the outcomes of two of our patients who chose to have a precise injection of their own stem cells into their meniscus instead of surgery. Scroll the arrow to the right to see the MRI of the meniscus before the treatment and to the left to see the outcome. The BEFORE shows a torn meniscus. Once treated, the area will look like a dark band going diagonally, as seen on the AFTER.
Patient 1 MRI
Patient 2 MRI
Meniscus Patients Outcomes
We maintain an active national patient registry to track patients’ progress and/or side effects after the procedure. On average, Regenexx knee meniscus patients report*:
*Outcomes accessed on March, 2021. View full up-to-date outcomes here.