Physical therapy is becoming more and more recognized nowadays. Physical therapy can mobilize the knee for better alignment which often allows the meniscus to heal.
On The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Oz talked about how he was unable to tolerate standing while performing surgery because of his severe knee pain. Ten days prior to his scheduled knee surgery for his meniscal tear, he had one visit to physical therapist, Peggy Brill, and received immediate relief, did his three prescribed exercises, and never had the knee surgery. These results are more common than you would think. Make sure to visit your physical therapist at Brill Physical Therapy.
Make sure to check out this great article in the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/26/health/common-knee-surgery-does-very-little-for-some-study-suggests.html?_r=1&