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Health Plus: Surgery fix best option for common knee injury

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

Knee injuries are a common problem for a lot of adults.

But the good news, surgical options for relief are available.

Dale Johnson felt a pop in his knee while kicking a soccer ball last summer.

"On Father's Day, I was kicking a soccer ball with a nine-year-old boy and I play with my left foot and kicked with my right and twisted and heard a pop and almost went to the ground," he said.

The 59-year-old Cedar Falls man had been dealing with knee pain, but this time he needed surgery.

Doctor Chris Eagan repaired his meniscus tear earlier this month at Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls.

"Meniscus is a cartilage disc that's between the femur and the tibia, the shin bone, and it gets pinched and when the person twists on it they actually tear the tissue," said Dr. Eagan, a Covenant Clinic orthopedist.

A meniscus tear is a common knee injury.

"You can temporize things probably with a cortisone shot, but ultimately with meniscus tears it can't repair itself. It's not like skin. It doesn't have the blood supply that other tissues in the body have so it actually has to be taken care of surgically," he said.

Smaller meniscus tears may heal with rest and physical therapy, but doctors say surgery is a good option for larger tears like Dale's.

"Yeah, I'd definitely recommend having it checked out probably a little bit quicker than I did," he said.

As we age our meniscus gets worn, making it tear more easily.

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