One of the frequently occurring knee injuries is a meniscus tear. It is 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 in a meniscus tear.
As such, a torn meniscus is common in both contact sports (like a football) and non-contact sports that require jumping and cutting (like volleyball).
In addition, meniscus tears usually occur simultaneously with other knee injuries, such as an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury. Older athletes also have a higher risk for meniscus tears because a person’s meniscus weakens with age.
Statistics suggest that more than 40% of people aged 65 or above suffer from 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 cases, 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
- A feeling of your knee giving way
Types of Meniscus Tears
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 to as the red zone) where there is a good blood supply, then it can heal on its 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 treatments may be enough if the knee is not locking up, maintains stability, and symptoms resolve.
Improved ROM for Patient with Meniscus Tear
Read below how ANF Therapy® helped a patient suffering from persistent knee pain due to a meniscus tear to improve the range of motion.
“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.
Not only was he able to squat lower, but he was also able to maintain the deep squat position for a longer period of time.”
– via @movementunlocked
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About ANF Therapy®
ANF Therapy® uses circular ANF Discs which are applied directly on the skin after palpation and assessment by a trained ANF Therapist following the ANF Therapy Method, Patented Model no. U202030252, ES1259974.
The ANF Therapy® purpose is alleviation in injury and pain within minutes.
Our aim is that the patient experiences a reduction of pain and swelling, an increase in range of motion, and an improvement in quality of life-related to health. Non-transdermal non-invasive device, NO needles or chemicals are used.
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