A tear to the knee’s shock absorbing meniscus can be treated in two ways: trimming away the torn pieces, which can lead to future problems, or repairing the tear, which requires a longer recovery. “The rush to get someone back might lead you to take a meniscus that is repairable and you might trim it out, which might get them back faster but shortens the career, quite honestly,” said David Geier, a former physician for the St. Louis Rams. (Read related article)

Sources: Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery, MayoClinic.com | The Washington Post March 16, 2013
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