Meniscus injuries are a common orthopedic problem among athletes, particularly those who participate in contact sports. They occur when the meniscus, which is the cartilage located between the femur and tibia, is torn from sudden impact or overuse.
The menisci act as shock absorbers for the knee joint and provide stability and cushioning during physical activity.
When these tissues become damaged due to trauma or overuse, pain, and swelling occurs.
Although the injury can be debilitating, there are many treatment options available for those affected by a meniscal tear.
Signs and symptoms of a meniscus injury often present themselves as acute or chronic pain in the knee area.
Pain can be felt when walking up or down stairs, squatting, twisting, or when bearing weight on the leg. Swelling and stiffness are also common symptoms associated with a meniscus injury.
A clicking sound may also be heard with movement due to parts of a torn meniscus catching on other structures within the knee joint.
The most common cause of a meniscus injury is a sudden twist or rotation of the knee.
This type of movement can occur while performing sports activities such as running, jumping, and pivoting. Another common cause of meniscus injury is an awkward landing after jumping or an uneven surface, which can cause stress on the knee joint.
In addition to these direct trauma causes, gradual wear and tear on the knee joint due to age or overuse can also lead to a meniscus tear.
When a meniscus injury is severe, surgery may be necessary. During the surgical procedure, the surgeon will remove or repair the damaged tissue to restore normal function and alleviate pain. This may involve an arthroscopic procedure, which involves using a small camera to view and operate on the damaged area.
However, for minor tears, non-surgical treatments like the McKenzie method. The McKenzie method is a form of treatment that involves specific exercises and movements to reduce pain and improve mobility.
How Long Does It Take For A Meniscus Injury To Heal?
The duration of healing time for an injury to the meniscus varies depending on the severity of the injury. Generally, minor meniscus injuries take from one to four weeks to heal, while more serious meniscus tears may require surgery and up to 12 weeks or more to fully heal. Depending on the individual’s age, physical activity level, prior medical history, and other factors, recovery times can be longer or shorter.
What Type Of Treatment Options Are Available For A Meniscus Injury?
The McKenzie Method can be effective in treating knee pain by addressing the underlying cause of the pain and improving joint mobility
Is It Possible To Return To Sports After A Meniscus Injury?
Yes, patients have a high likelihood of returning to their sport after a meniscus injury.
Meniscus injuries can be a painful and debilitating condition, by understanding the common causes and symptoms, seeking prompt treatment, and taking preventive measures, you can successfully manage your meniscus injury and get back to your daily activities.
At Denner Chiropractic & Performance, our team of experts is here to help you find relief from meniscal injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions.
Contact us today to schedule your consultation and start your journey toward optimal health and wellness.