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Kevin Murphy
Dr.
M.D.
Jacksonville
Orthopedic Surgery
Heekin Orthopedic Specialists
10475 Centurion Parkway Ste. 220
Jacksonville
FL
32256

Should all meniscal tears be fixed operatively or can some heal on their own? Which treatment option reduces the risk for osteoarthritis?

The meniscus is a cushioning disc between the bones in the knee. Tears are common and have varying symptoms.  The blood supply to the meniscus is limited and therefore, most tears do not heal. Tears that cause pain, swelling, or limitations should be fixed. Left untreated, a tear that is causing pain and swelling is damaging the articular cartilage of the knee leading to arthritis. In short, if you have a tear that is causing pain, swelling, or limitations, seek out an orthopedic surgeon skilled in arthroscopy and get it fixed before arthritis develops.


I am a long distance runner. Recently I feel a sharp catching in my hip following my run. The pain persists for a few days (even while running) but will dull with rest. Is this an overuse/ stretching problem or do you think this is something that should be checked out by an Orthopedic Surgeon?

Hip pain in a runner is a serious concern. Sharp catching pain may be a simple psoas tendonitis or a more serious labral tear. Persistent dull pain in the area is concerning for a stress fracture. These are symptoms that should be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon skilled in hip arthroscopy. Do not run through this pain.


I have been having mild shoulder pain for as long as I can remember. I used to play college softball and I am sure it has been internally damaged in some way. However, after a waterskiing trip it has been hurting me tremendously. I am not sure if I have aggravated it or injured it. How can you tell?

Throwing athletes commonly have labral injuries of the shoulder. These injuries cause pain with rotation of the shoulder or with rapid motions. Traction on the shoulder while waterskiing can certainly aggravate a labral injury or can create one.  A physical examination by an orthopedic surgeon skilled in shoulder arthroscopy would be beneficial.

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