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What is a Torn Meniscus?

May 16, 2018

 

 

What is a meniscus?

 

The meniscus is a very small piece of cartilage; one so small that it is hard to believe that tearing it can cause so much pain. The meniscus cartilage is small and c-shaped, and there are three that protect and cushion the knee joint: one between the thigh bone and shin bone (femur and tibia), one on the outside of the knee (known as the lateral meniscus), and the other on the inside of the knee (the medial meniscus). Consider physical therapy in Brooklyn at Madison Physical Therapy to receive expert care for your sports injury.

 

 

How do these injuries occur?

 

Some injuries can cause extreme pain in the knee, and one of those injuries is a torn meniscus. This happens when the cartilage is torn due to a twisting movement in the knee while weight is put on it. There are two types of a torn meniscus: partial and total. Both are common conditions in athletes who are doing a lot of running.

 

 

How to Treat a Torn Meniscus:

 

Usually, a doctor will have to perform medical tests to be able to pinpoint the area of the tear and determine how severe it is. Some minor tears can be treated with rest and heat or ice. More serious cases of a torn meniscus can take a while to heal and require a lot more focus to treat. After surgery, knee braces need to be worn to stabilize the knee area and to help prevent further injury from occurring. Knee braces can be worn during athletic or sporting events and during whatever activities may aggravate the injury or possibly cause the injury to reoccur. If you have already had meniscus surgery, Madison Physical therapy in Brooklyn can help you rehabilitate and prevent future injury.

 

Meniscus tears can be treated and healed, but it usually takes some time. However, the sooner that you catch the injury, the easier it is to treat it. If you think that you may have a meniscus tear, make sure that you explain all of your symptoms to your doctor. You will need to tell the doctor your activity level and family history to help rule out other kinds of knee injuries and to determine your risks for having meniscus injuries. Once the tear is repaired, you will have to exercise caution when returning to daily activities.

 

 

How Physical Therapy Can Help Treat a Torn Meniscus:

 

The physical therapy in Brooklyn that we offer will treat the tear based on the severity of symptoms, where the tear is located, how serious the tear is, your age, and how active you are. Treatment could involve rest, ice therapy, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, elastic bandage wrapping, and a series of customized exercise routines developed by our professionals at Madison Physical Therapy.

 

Physical therapy is usually the best choice for younger people who need to continue working and participating in sports because it can provide pain relief and set you up with exercises to strengthen the knee.

 

If you are suffering from knee pain, you may need to consider physical therapy in Brooklyn at Madison Physical Therapy to determine if it is a result of a torn meniscus. We can provide you with the best treatment plan!

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