EXETER, NH – It was announced Tuesday night that Chicago Bulls star point guard, Derrick Rose, would be out for the rest of the season after he tore the meniscus in his right knee and will need surgery to repair it. This is the second time Rose has torn his meniscus.
Surgery on a meniscus, which is the shock-absorbing cartilage in your knee, is the most common orthopaedic procedure in the country: surgeons take out piece of torn menisci about 700,000 times each year.
The menisci provide cushioning where your tibia meets your femur in the knee. If you tear it, typically you’ll feel some instability, but mostly pain. The bigger risk however is the potential of to develop arthritis.
“The meniscus is well known to be the protector of the knee. Once it is torn, it has poor healing potential. The risk is the continuing to play on a symptomatic meniscus tear can cause damage to the joint and lead to advancing arthritis,” said Dr. Joshua Siegel, Sports Medicine Director at Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics. “Although we are on the cusp of regenerating cartilage biologically the standard of care is still to reset or repair the torn meniscus when symptomatic.”