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What is a meniscus tear?

Dr. Benjamin Busfield
Dr. Benjamin Busfield

Commonly asked questions for an Orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Busfield.

Dr. Busfield has researched, written and published numerous papers in the peer-reviewed literature regarding sports medicine and joint replacement. Recently, his research interests were focused on rotator cuff arthroscopic repair, pain pumps, and shoulder surgery. His research has focused on ACL injuries in the National Basketball Association and the use of pain pumps after shoulder surgery. In 2012, Dr. Busfield gave a presentation on his pain pump research at the annual Western Orthopedic Association meeting.

Dr. Busfield is board certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS) and is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS). Furthermore, Dr. Busfield has been awarded the Certificate of Additional Qualification (CAQ) for Orthopedic Sports Medicine.

Throughout his training, Dr. Busfield has had a special interest in caring for the injured athlete. During his fellowship, Dr. Busfield assisted in the orthopedic care of Los Angeles professional sports teams including the Dodgers, Lakers, Ducks, Sparks, and Kings.

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Video Transcript

Common injury in sports medicine for the knee specifically would be a meniscus tear. There's a medial and lateral meniscus. They're shaped like a C, so two C’s together, make an O, so it's an O ring in your knee that helps stabilize and provide short shock absorption. When there's a twisting injury or a significant injury, such as in a sports contact injury they could be torn, causing pain and swelling, they typically need surgery, and they're important for shock absorption such that if you have a tear with or without surgery, there's an increased risk of future arthritis. Thank you for watching and to learn more please visit our website or our YouTube channel at bassmedicalgroup.com.

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