Some meniscus tears can heal on their own, although surgery can be done to repair the tears faster. Otherwise, the Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (RICE) protocol is advised:
- Rest – take a break from the activity that caused the injury
- Ice – use cold packs on the injury for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day
- Compression – use an elastic compression bandage to prevent further swelling
- Elevation – to reduce swelling, lean back or lay down during rest, and lift the leg up higher than the heart
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and swelling
If surgery is needed to repair or remove the pieces of the torn meniscus, this is usually done by arthroscopy (minimally invasive surgery).