Meniscus Tear Treatment, A Holistic Approach

Meniscus tear in the knee can heal itself depending on many factors like your level daily activity, age, time frame, etc. The faster you want to get back your life before the meniscus tear will determine which route is best for you to pursue.

While most people think that the answer to a meniscus tear treatment is surgery, a lot of the time arthroscopic surgery may not be necessary. Surprisingly enough, our bodies have the capability to repair torn cartilage if you have suffered an injury to the knee.

Meniscus Tear First Step

The first step in attempting to repair a meniscus tear is to provide your body with the proper nutrients it needs to reduce inflammation and mend the torn cartilage. Some foods, however, make the healing process much harder.

When you eat foods that are difficult for your body to digest, you stomach actually has an allergic reaction to the food, causing inflammation in your gut. These types of pro-inflammation foods, like foods that are high in Omega-6 fats like sunflower, peanut, and soybean oils should be avoided. Foods high in trans-fats, refined carbohydrates, and these Omega-6 fats are hard for your stomach to digest and can cause the gut inflammation that will slow down the healing process in your knee.

This type of inflammation is what your body works to fix first, putting the task of fixing the torn meniscus in your knee aside for later. When your body has inflammation, it uses naturally produced stem cells to reduce inflammation and heal the inflamed area. If you eat foods that you body does not have trouble digesting, those stem cells can work to fix the inflamed and torn cartilage in your knee.

There are also certain foods that help your body reduce inflammation. Fruits and vegetables, especially those high in antioxidants and good Omega-3 fats like avocados work to reduce inflammation in the body.

If you feed your body with the proper fuel it needs, it can begin to heal it’s own wounds, leaving not only your knee, but your entire body feeling healthier.

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Hi Bill, I’m 62 year old, diagnosed last this week with near full thickness radial tear at the posterior root of the medial meniscus is demonstrated with mild extrusion. There is intrinsic mucoid signal change with mild swelling of the posterior horns. Can you pls advise me? I have not gone for any surgery yet. I’m looking for alternatives. Thanks ahead!


Hi Bill.
Going up and down the stairs a twitching pain, some pain for running, twitching pain if I walk 500 m. If I bent my leg I hear cracking sound. My leg is a little swollen I believe it’s the fluid. Sometimes I feel my knee is running away.

One day I’ll like to run 4km the way it. Hope my knee will be healed totally.


Good Morning, I’m 62 years old lady. According to the MRI scan, mine is a almost full thickness radial meniscus tear at the posterior root of the medial meniscus, demonstrated associated w mild extrusion. There is intrinsic mucoid signal change with mild swelling of the posterior horn. Foll cartilage lesions are seen in the patellofemoral compartment: a) grade 4 chondral ulcer at the lateral patellar facet measuring 0.5 X 0.5cm w subchondral cysts and marrow edma. b) grade 2/3 chondral defect at d medial patellar facet measuring0.4 x 0.6cm w intact subchondral bone c) 0.4 x 0.7cm grade 4 chondral… Read more »


Good morning from Ontario. I have a torn meniscus in both knees, after marathon running !! For over 15 yrs now. I went to see an orthopedic surgeon about 5 yrs ago, who suggested if I can walk 5k leave well alone as he can’t guarantee I won’t need it repaired again in a few years. However, as you can imagine, it’s gradually getting worse, my walking is restricted, and, most nights, several times, I wake up with pretty excruciating ( at least 4 me), finding it difficult to turn over in the bed. I have to lift both knees.… Read more »

Dattatraya Tulshidas Pathak

Dear sir I left knee injury in jumping time meniscus posterior horn grade Il singal
Please tell me need surgery or any other treatment for this

Gurjeet Singh

Hi sir I’m gurjeet singh I’m of 25 yrs old i have knee pain for last 6 months i went to a doctor he did mri and found (Grade 2 Signal In the Posterior horn of medial meniscus ) and also Minimal Synovial effusion sir I’m a athlete and now I’m in dilemma please tell me what to do. Dr. Sayd that i need a surgery to heal this injury plz suggest me best sir

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Hi Gurjeet Singh,

What have you tried so far that hasn’t worked to alleviate the pain? Give us an idea of the level of support you’re looking for?



Hi Doc: I am a 61 year old female who enjoyed up until January running approximately 4 miles 3x week. I started feeling left knee pain in the medial meniscus early January 2020. I went to the doc who did an MRI which came back normal except for a shadow on my left knee medial meniscus posterior horn. He said everything else looked excellent and to see how things go. A week later, I took one step and heard a crack/pop/tear. I had to crawl to a chair and cannot bear wait on my left knee. Went for another MRI… Read more »

Roodly St.Eloi

Hey Doc, Thd MRI revealed I have a torn meniscus. I have been advised to have surgery us there any other options. I have pain when I bend it for a long time and gets stiff when I stand on it for a long time. What should I do or use?


Hello I’m 22 I had teqr in my meniscus tear and MRI says ‘grade 1 signal in postrior horn of Medial meniscus’ I had a twist at my ankle a month ago and it came with a swelling in my knee the proceeding week after my ankle twist consulting doctor they said there’s partial ACL tear and meniscus injury that too grade 1 today I’m walking with a knee brace , can you please tell me should I go for surgery or give time and it’ll heal by time what to eat and
other useful things please consult


Actually I consulted for a second opinion and the second doctor which I think had better experience suggested that take time it may heal as I am comfortable to walk and do not have problem like leg going out for ACL tear . What would you suggest

Zeeshan shaban ali

I would like to explain you that I had a knee pain 1 year ago, I took some medicine and the pain was not noticeable, few weeks ago I had very bad pain in my knee and I was not able to walk, so I decided to visit a doctor and then you know the normal process X-ray, MRI, and so on. anyways after the MRI the dr told me that you have got hit by something that I don’t remember, He said you have Meniscus tear and it must be operated. ( If you want to see MRI or… Read more »

Zeeshan shaban ali

Sorry my bad. Correction :
But I can’t* fully bend my knee to sit on the ground.


Hi.. my MRI report of left knee says…. Septated paramensical cyst of size 14 x 8 mm, seen along anterolatreal aspect of the anterior horn of the lateral meniscus.

Mild thining and surfaces irregularlity seen in the anterior horn of the lateral meniscus, possibly sequelate to chronic tear..

Slight lateral subluxation of patellae noted..

My doctor say if pain doesn’t go with physiotherapy with in 20 days.. then u need aurthoscopy operation.. I dont want to do operation.. please let me know is it possible to cure it only with physiotherapy… please reply


Thank u sir for the fast response..
I had an accident 2 years back and that time my knee hurt badly and many a times i feel like stiffness in my knee but no pain. Now again one month before i fall from my vehicle .. and now i am having a pain in my knee when i am staning for more than 20 minutes.. my thigh muscles are also paining.. my knee get locked.. cant keep it staight..


I have a torn meniscus and the tear is of grade 3. And also the damaged patella. For damaged patella my orthopedics suggested me the physiotherapy for 2 to 3 months and for torn meniscus he suggested me the orthoscopic surgery.
Is it right?


Hello sir I was involved in an accident 2 years back and my right leg meniscus had been damaged
Tell me the solution please


Are you saying …. That surgery is the last option … Can’t I heal it by myself.. & could you get me to the link of $1 that I can talk to you.. I am not able to find that link…


Sir… Whenever I am trying to do… Its showing 49$ … Not 1$ …& today I went to the doctor he said you need arthroscopic surgery … Now the question is should I go for surgery … Is it neccesary. ?…& again he said it go for cycling.. & exercises and medication continuously… & he was saying that sometimes reading an MRI could be wrong …last time also I showed the same reports at that time he did not say so. ….. Nothing is making sense to me …whatever doc. Said … I think truly that only you could help… Read more »


Sir… My case is little different….Look it might seems you fake but honestly I am saying from the depth of my heart that I can,t afford your knee club fee. Cause I am from a lower middle class family. I am student . 49$ means near about 3000 Indian rupees. That I can,t pay .look I have opened my heart & said whatever comes. Now what I am asking is … Is it good to do cycling for 10km . I live on the roof so I have to go through stairs .is it OK. & what should I instantly… Read more »


Sir… If you could help me with nutrition,inflammation, stretching,exercise,supplementation…. Then I am 200% sure that everything is up to me…cause I don’t have much knowledge about this…& having the write strategy in which you can help me to make…
Your sincerely – Shivam


Hlo sir . I have Grade 1 tear in left knee & grade 2 tear in right knee . doctors gave me some med. Like tendofit,etogrand,peecal,calcitroz. & said do exercise & cycling. ,2 month rest & I don’t have any pain in any of my knees . but when I rest and get up my knees locks up. This makes me feels frustrated . and I am professional athlete ,so its important for me to get back on court. ….
Very committed.


No nothing … They just give me some tablets as I told you.. And said to do exercise & cycling now 8-9 days have been gone but I am not getting any better result after doing exercise I am just feeling the strength in calf…I don’t no why I am feeling like something diff. Is going on…


I am just 20. &very much commited to make it great for whatever it takes. …. I mean is surgery necessary …?…can’t I heal it by myself .


Hello, I have had a tear in my meniscus for the last year. I cannot squat down (extremly painful) and it pops every time my knee bends past 90 degrees. The doctor said this is due to the cartilage flipping in and out of the joint. I am able to walk and do very mild exercise with minimal pain but I am only 32 and would like to be able to increase my activity level. I have not had an MRI but I did see an orthopedic physician who said that PT would not help due to the inner location… Read more »


Hi ,had a meniscus tear about a year ago.My MRI stated that medial meniscus posterior horn shows peripheral vertical tear.Rest of the medial meniscus intact. Will I require surgery. I am 21 years old.


Yes.Will surgery be necessary? as I haven’t been able to recover for more than a year now.


I’ve been by him only months ago and he said try physio for a few months.My symptoms have improved but not have not fully healed.

Roman niaz

Hello sir ! Sir I am passionate football follower and do play it as well . in feburary this year while playing football I started feeling pain in myright knee. Initially without getting advise from doctor i used anti inflamatory tabs. But knee didnt improve. Then went to a Arthopadic sergeon in March who after my XRay susspecting a meniscus tear, he put me on Anti-inflamatory and even on tramadol for a month for relief in pain. He told me to use medicine for a month it will relieve your pain, which itdidnt do at all. And told me not… Read more »

Roman niaz


Girish V

Hi, I am having a bucket handle in my right knee meniscus. I am trying to get this over with out surgery. And having sessions with physio. It seems to be getting better. Wants to check with you can I be able to play badminton again with out surgery. And any kind of food which can heal this. I have heard from ppl that bucket handle tear a surgery case. Since I don’t have have any instability while walking I assume that it may be a small tear. And my physio is pretty confident that I don’t need a surgery.… Read more »


I’ve been suffering a knee pain.I dont know what kind of injury is it.It’s just 8 weeks from now.I can’t run normally and do some squat because there is pain in my knee.It has swelling in my knee side and pain.plss tell me what kind of injury is it.thank you


Hi KneePainGuru, I injuried my knee 1,5 week ago. It turned outside and inside and got back to the position. Didn’t hear any bothering sound. After a while i could walk again, but after few hours it became a little bit stiff – it moves beetwen about 0-80 degrees and it haven’t changed since then. I have no pain when moving in that range nor when I stand on that leg (however I try to avoid that). I feel pain only when you push the knee hardly in the particular place from inside. The physician i saw the next day… Read more »

Christopher Smith

The day I decided it was not healing but getting worse was after a week of work and swelling had caused my knee to be very painful when fully extended or trying to bend my knee to a 90 degree angle…with the usual swelling bump to my left of the kneecap on my left leg

Christopher Smith

I have been taking the product Move Free with glucosamine sulfate, going to physical therapy and not performing my usual work duties of 2-4 miles of hiking..In hopes of a quick recovery. I am 33 years old and open to any advice on healthy eating and workouts to strengthen the knee and. Miniscus?

Christopher Smith

I feel like that can only be done with an MRI…I am not sure if he will do one..

Christopher Smith

I replied to a post on the 28th…

saqib malik

hi Mr bill i just want some information as i have a pain in my left knee sometimes it becomes severe sometimes normal and now i got the same pain in my right knee as well so my both shoulders are also affecting with the same problem what should i do in this case



Hey, I was wondering if any foods or certain kinds of foods that will help a bucket handle meniscus tear repair quickly. I am currently 15 turning 16 on May 31, recently I tore my meniscus on February 23 and got the surgery done on March 20. The doctor said about 6 months I can return to playing sports again but do you think it can heal faster in less months because I am of younger age?
Thank You


My pain levels are 0 and the ROM is more than 90 degrees that it can bend


Hi Kneepainguru I injured my left knee while doing cricket bowling and felt my leg twisted. In MRI it came to know that there is partial ACL year and third grade lateral meniscus tear(bucket handle tear). I m so worried , can this meniscus tear can be healed without surgery etc, if it is so then what precaution, food and excersise I should follow and how long it will take to get recovered. It’s been 30 days when I got injured , now there is no pain n no swelling etc and I can walk easily but while bending my… Read more »

Christopher Smith

Thanks for the speedy reply..I went to the Doctors office 10 days ago. This is a workwans compensation case so I feel like he did not give me an MRI because of the process. His assessment was “overuse injury of fat pad and lateral gastronemius tendon”…my doctors appointment is next Monday I wanted him to do the MRI before then so I could start the process of healing as quick as possible..would they do surgery on a a small meniscus tear? Are there minor surgets that can have me back working in 3-4 weeks

Christopher Smith

Hello kneepainguru..I am 33yrs old and work a lot using my knees..i hike anywhere from 2-4 miles a day on incline and decline terrain..recently I have had swelling behind my left knee and some pain down the left side of my calf with a small swelling bump just to the left of my kneecap..After reading about meniscus tears I believe I have a small tear..I am worried because I have to use my knees to work at my age do you think I could have a speedy recovery and do you think it is a small tear and can the… Read more »

Christopher Smith

The doctor has not done an MRI at this point. The Physical therapist seems to think that there is a small tear in my meniscus causing a slight bump of swelling when I am on it working or utilizing my knees for a period of time. He said surgery to repair is unlikely and going in to remove some of the meniscus Is possible if swelling and pain continue..Is it possible to go back to work hiking 2-4 miles a day or does this end my career..I received this injury playing basketball in Jan.

ghousia begum


i had meniscus was ok till few months.Now a days i stared getting pain.Do i need to check with the Dr




I checked with the Dr.she says it’s alright as of now.i was suggested by Dr not to fold my leg.It’s about 6 months that I have gone through surgery.she said will have to take post x ray and see.

Thanks, Ghousia


Nov 9 2016


It’s still hurts sometime….I was told to take some precaution… Everything will be good….I’m just wondering if i can get back my healthy knee….?
Should I do some exercise to make it healthy …. Naturally…. ?


Hi, I have acl tear on my right knee will it heal itself or I should go for acl reconstruction.


HI Bill, Thank you for this wonderful info. My mother is suffering from joint pain from last 5 years . We visited several doctors/hospitals . They all said that she need to get operated but we observed so many people still suffering after joint replacement surgery and apart from that there is still scope for bacteria development and few other dangers after surgery .No body want to take that risk , at least not me .The gap between her joints reduced from one side in both of the joints and she feels pain. MAY i request you to please share… Read more »


I HAVE THREE TEARS IN MY left knee meniscus and they have been there for a year. My doc suggested physiotherapy but not had the appointment yet ! I use the gym and my trainer is trying to build the muscle above and below the knee with me, but I am still in pain when I walk, especially down stairs and when I wake up. What advise have you. Oh apparently two of the tears are from old age and were only discovered when the third one happened and I had an MRI which showed them up! Many thanks.


Hi Sir, I’m 22. I injured my left knee while playing cricket. I thought it’ll heal by itself and just ignored the little pain it was causing. I even played cricket again. During this period (five months), the pain increased a little. So, I thought it would be wise to consult a doctor. After an X-ray, which revealed nothing, I had an MRI&CT which showed there is a horizontal tear in the lateral meniscus. And now, the doctor suggests I have to undergo a surgery, which I’m really really afraid of the overall outcome. Will it heal by itself and… Read more »


Hello! About 9 weeks ago I was stepping down my stairs and on the first step my knee crunched. I knew immediately something happened. I’m 36 and small frame 115 pounds so its definitely not a weight issue. I went to the orthopedic specialist about a month ago. He performed xrays and check my knee out. All that was said was I have a torn meniscus and a cortisone shot was injected. The shot did nothing for me….He told me since my insurance renewed in January I should wait for an MRI and then we would talk about surgery. Honestly… Read more »

Pat Edwards

Hi, I’m a 61 yr old woman, my left knee began hurting 3 months ago,c clicking and when I moved felt like it would give way, after a consult with a nurse who said it was a ligament, to cut a long story short I took myself off to a physio 7 weeks ago. She said it definitely was not a ligament, but patella tracking syndrome, she referred me back for an xray 2 weeks ago which shows miid osteoarthritis. My knee has improved a little, is not cracking loudly now, worst thing is in bed at night, really difficult… Read more »

Sunny Sharma

Hi, I have torn meniscus in my left knee( posterior horn medial meniscus) and doctor advised me to go for surgery. But my knee condition is not as worst as meniscus patient face.My knee do not lock , no swelling, no pain in motion but there is slight pain in a specific movement when climbing and getting down the stairs. Also when i drive and press the clutch.
Should i go for surgery or is there any other option to avoid it.
Please suggest.


I tore my act and damaged my meniscus and I really want to get back to playing basketball and I also did a surgery, what can I do to speed up my recovery


Hi, I have a meniscus tear (it is flap tear in the anterior horn of the lateral meniscus) in 6 months back and I have been to 3 doctors who all recommended surgery. I would like to avoid surgery but am not sure if there is still possibility of healing after 6 mths. The swelling has stop as of now but the injury does limit some of the activities eg squatting, running etc. Is there anything that I should try doing before proceeding with the surgery? Appreciate your help on this


Hi, my name is Logen. I had been diagnosed with medial meniscus tear on my right (dominant) knee. I opted for non-surgical treatment. I had Suplasyn injection 4 weeks back and on physiotherapy since then. I am still feeling some discomfort while walking (sometime I can hear popping sound around my knee). I can feel some pain when climbing up the stairs and the pain is slightly severe when climbing down. 1 month has passed since I started physio session, I am not seeing any noticeable improvement, but it’s not getting any worse either. My doctor suggested for surgery but… Read more »

Cristina Velez

Hello Bill, My husband recently had an injury to his right knee while running home from gym, he saw an orthopedic who sent him for MRI. MRI said (without typing everything on it out) that he has complex, posterior horn tear of the meniscus (we have the images and paper report). His doctor said he wants him to do surgery-arthroscopy, didn’t mention any other details such as removing or repairing-and we would really love to avoid surgery if it is possible to do so. What can be done to heal the cartilage/meniscus without causing problems down the road (increasing risk… Read more »

Knee Pain Support Team

Hi Cristina,

Thank you for your message! I have forwarded your question over to Bill for his live call! Check it out below!


Mimi|Customer Support


Hi Bill
I have a problem with my knee and will appreciate if you can provide me with your contact the details so we can discuss and get some valuable advice from you. Thanks.

Knee Pain Support Team

Hello Sarah,

Thank you for reaching out to us! I suggest booking a free 30 min consultation/knee evaluation with Bill to discuss what your experiencing. Bill will be able to provide great advice and recommendations/solutions for whats going on. If your interested, please click on the link below to complete the consultation form and schedule a date and time that is best for you. Feel free to reach out to me for further assistance.

Kind regards,

Mimi | Customer Service

Juliet pineda

Good evening. Im from the Phils. I weigh 321 lbs and my height is 5’4″. For a month, i had pain in my left knee, and had difficulty in walking. My ortho based on my xray said that my meniscus is thinning thus damaging my knee bone and my right knee is developing an injury too. My dr advised to inject (acid sounding) *** and that i would need three injections. Now for this type of injury, what foods would you recommend to help regenerate or aid in repairing my damaged meniscus. My dr said that i need to lose… Read more »

Knee Pain Support Team

Hi Juliet,

Thank you for reaching out to us. To better assist you with your questions, I will reach out to you via email.

Kind regards,

Customer Support


Ok. I have what my ortho doc thinks is a tear in my meniscus on the inside of my leg. It happened suddenly last week. I have been doing RiCE except for the C as I had no bandage. Because of the lack of insurance and my problems with NSAIDS ect. It is difficult to get the inflammation down. I already eat a Paleo diet. I use blue-emu cream. I am looking for a holistic approach to pain reduction in the knee and hopefully returning to normal life of a backpacker.
Thanks Penny

Knee Pain Support Team

Hi there Penny,

Thank you for reaching out to us! I suggest booking a free 30 min consultation/knee evaluation with Bill to discuss what your experiencing. Bill will be able to provide great advice and recommendations/solutions for whats going on. If your interested, please click on the link below to complete the consultation form and schedule a date and time that is best for you. Feel free to reach out to me for further assistance.

Kind regards,

Mimi | Customer Service

Leonard M. Borucki

I have a problem with blood circulation, would poor circulation cause knee pain in both knees when walking. The pain runs from the knee to the ankle.

Knee Pain Support Team

Hi Leonard,

Thank you for reaching out to us. To better assist you, I have contacted you directly via email.

Kind regards,

Mimi|Customer Support


Hi Bill,
I live in Australia and I have a torn meniscus. When you talk about anti inflammatory foods that will help , which one you refer to. Could you give us a list of recommended food . Highly appreciated. Thanks for your information and help


My 13 year old daughter has a meniscus tear that happened about 8 months ago. She is fit and healthy and eats paleo. She’s also coeliac. After 2 months of weekly chiropractic sessions, the knee is about 90% better and she can do most things (running still hurts). The swelling has disappeared. Her recent beep tests shows her fitness to be in the top 5% for her age. She is a trampolinist and strangely has no issues doing trampoline with her knee. After a recent MRI, her doctor wants her to to see an orthopedic surgeon and discuss surgery. My… Read more »


I am not sure where you are getting your info, but good topic.
I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.
Thanks for excellent information I was looking for this info for my mission.


I have slight pain in my knee when sitting cross legged like its twisted…twisted my knee a few months back but the pain went away no problem super fast too, now this seemingly out of nowhere, want to avoid further injury and heal this so I can enjoy more yoga poses again and simply sitting how I choose. Also when bent if I press …gently if course , right under the knee cap then I also feel the twisted sensation like when I am cross legged. What do you think?

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