Meniscus Injury

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Meniscus Injury

Knee

What is Meniscus Injury?

Meniscus Injury is a condition in which there is damage or degeneration of the meniscus, a part of the knee joint. The menisci are two C-shaped pads of cartilage that act as shock absorbers between the thighbone and shinbone.

What are the types of Meniscus Injury?

There are two types of meniscus injury: acute tears and degenerative tears.

Acute tears occur when the cartilage tissue that cushions your knee joint is torn. This can happen during a specific traumatic event, such as stepping off a curb or twisting your knee in sports, or it can be caused by repetitive stress on the knee joint over time. The symptoms include pain at the front of your knee and difficulty bending or straightening your leg.

Degenerative tears are not caused by a specific incident but rather by aging, which causes the meniscus to thin out over time. As this happens, the cartilage becomes more susceptible to injury from everyday activities like walking up stairs or running short distances.

How to diagnose Meniscus Injury?

There are a few ways to diagnose a meniscus injury, including physical examination and imaging studies.

Physical examination: The doctor will perform a physical exam by moving the knee joint and pressing on the knee. This may cause pain in some patients with meniscus tears.

Imaging studies: MRI is the best test for identifying meniscus injuries. In some cases, CT scans may be used to confirm or exclude injuries.

What are the causes of Meniscus Injury?

Meniscus injuries are common in sports, especially among runners, football players and basketball players. A meniscus is a shock-absorbing pad that helps your knee move smoothly. Meniscus injuries can occur when you twist your knee or during a fall, but they’re most common in contact sports such as football and rugby.

Meniscus injuries occur when the cartilage that cushions your knee joint wears away over time. This can happen if you don’t use your legs enough or if you have flat feet. It can also happen after an injury like a fall or twisting movement where one leg hits against another leg and causes damage to the cartilage inside the joint capsule.

The most common causes are:

  • Excessive impact – Running, jumping, or landing on one leg can cause the meniscus to tear.
  • Twisting movements – Twisting your knee too sharply or quickly can cause a tear.
  • Sports and other activities – Sports like football and soccer put you at risk for meniscus tears.

What are the symptoms of Meniscus Injury?

The symptoms of meniscus injury can vary from person to person, but there are some common signs that you might have injured your knee:

  • Pain in the knee area
  • Swelling of the knee
  • A feeling that something is stuck in your knee joint
  • Tenderness when pressing on certain spots around the knee
  • Locking or giving way of the knee joint

What are the risk factors for Meniscus Injury?

There are many risk factors for Meniscus Injury, including:

Age – As you get older, your risk of developing Meniscus Injury increases because your ligaments and cartilage become thinner.

Gender – Women are more likely than men to develop this condition because they have more weight-bearing joints than men and because they tend to be less active than men.

Obesity – Obesity is associated with increased pressure on your knees and can lead to injuries such as Meniscus Injury.

Joints – If you have had surgery on one or both knees or have been diagnosed with another joint condition such as arthritis, then your risk of developing Meniscus Injury increases dramatically.

Recommended Exercise

Knee

What are the exercises for Meniscus Injury?

If you’re suffering from a meniscus injury, you probably want to know what exercises are safe for your injury.

Here are some of our favorite moves to help you recover.

Mini-squats

Mini-squats are great for strengthening your quadriceps and glutes without putting too much stress on your knee.

Sit on the floor with your feet together and knees apart. Bend at the waist and touch your hands to the floor in front of you. Then straighten up again. Repeat 10 times.

Hamstring heel digs

Hamstring heel digs are an excellent exercise for working out the muscles in your hamstrings, which can help improve flexibility and prevent further injury.

Lie face down on the floor with your legs straight and heels on a towel or other soft surface. Slowly raise one leg up as high as possible, then lower it back down again. Repeat 10 times (on each leg), three times per day until your pain goes away.

Leg extensions

Leg extensions will help build up strength in your quads by working out individual muscles—and this is a great way to work around any pain caused by the injury.

Sit upright with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor about hip-width apart. Hold dumbbells in both hands; extend one leg out straight from the hip until it’s parallel to the floor (or as close as possible without letting it touch down). Lower back down slowly, then repeat on the other side for 10 reps per side (three sets total).

Clams

Clams are another great way to strengthen the muscles around your knee.

Lie on your side with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lift your top leg off the floor so that your body is supported on both sides by an elbow and a knee each. Hold for 5 seconds at first, working up to 10 seconds as you get stronger over time!

What are the treatments for Meniscus Injury?

Treatment for meniscus injuries depends on the severity of the injury and how long you’ve been experiencing symptoms.

For example, if you have a minor meniscus tear, you may not need any treatment at all! Rest is usually recommended for mild injuries, which may include swelling and pain.

But if the tear is more severe or if you’ve been experiencing pain for a while, then surgery might be recommended. Surgery is usually successful in treating meniscus tears.

Explanation of Recommended Orthotic Device

Knee

What brace is used for Meniscus Injury?

If you have a meniscus injury, an offloader knee brace can be a great option.

An offloader knee brace uses compression and pressure to reduce inflammation, which means it helps with pain management and swelling. The pressure applied by the offloader knee brace helps to limit the amount of stress placed on the meniscus, which in turn reduces irritation and swelling.

In addition to reducing inflammation and pain, an offloader knee brace also prevents further damage from occurring due to overuse or excessive strain.

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