One of the frequently occurring knee injuries is a meniscus tear. It is quite common and can be painful and debilitating. A torn meniscus can result from when a person suddenly changes direction while running. Any activity that causes someone to forcefully twist or rotate their knee, especially when
putting full weight on it can result to a meniscus tear.
What is the Meniscus?A meniscus is a piece of cartilage located in the knee. It cushions and stabilizes a person’s joint and protects the bones from wear and tear. The meniscus can be fragile and all it takes is a good twist of the knee to tear it. In some unfortunate case, a piece of the torn cartilage breaks loose and lodges in the knee joint which causes it to lock up. Symptoms of a meniscus tear include: – Pain, especially when twisting or rotating your knee – Swelling or stiffness – A popping sensation during the injury – Difficulty bending and straightening the leg – A tendency for your knee to get “stuck” or lock up – Feeling of your knee giving way
Treatment for Meniscus Tear
A torn meniscus is treated depending on its size and location. Additional factors which influence treatment include age, activity level and related injuries.
If the tear is small and located in the outer portion of the meniscus (referred as the red zone) where there is a good blood supply, then it can heal on it own. Tears in the inner meniscus (white zone), where there is no good blood supply, will not heal on their own as this area lacks blood vessels to bring in healing nutrients.
Fortunately, not all meniscus tears require surgery to resolve. Other non-surgical treatment maybe enough if the knee is not locking up, maintains stability, and symptoms resolve. To speed up recovery from the tear, the patient can:
– Rest the knee
– Limit activities if the knee painful
– Use crutches to help relieve pain
– Ice the knee to reduce pain and swelling
– Compress your knee using an elastic bandage to control swelling
– Elevate the knee when sitting or lying down
– Use stretching and strengthening exercises to help reduce stress to the knee
– Avoid impact activities such as running and jumping
However, the above conservative treatments aren’t always enough. If a tear is large, causes locking symptoms or unstable, surgery may be required to either repair or remove unstable edges.
Improved ROM for Patient with Meniscus Tear
Read below how ANF Therapy® has improved the range of motion of a patient suffering from persistent knee pain due to a meniscus tear:
Mr. Rashid came to seek treatment for persistent knee pain as a result of the meniscus tear in his knee. We specifically targeted his areas of
pain and worked on relieving it during the session.
Check out the video to see the improvement in his range of motion after a single session of ANF Therapy®! Not only was he able to squat lower, he was also able to maintain the deep squat position for a longer period of time.
Well done, Mr. Rashid! We are pleased with the progress you got post-treatment
– via @movementunlocked
ANF Therapy® uses frequencies to optimize the signaling of the nervous system by restoring the normal biochemical reactions in the cells. As a result, symptoms such as pain and inflammation decrease, and the bodily functions normalize. The effect of the treatment is almost immediate and has remarkable durable results when applied by a trained ANF Therapist. This treatment does not require the use of any drugs, chemicals or machines.
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