Like many knee injuries, a meniscus tear can be very painful and debilitating. Meniscal tear is considered one of the most common cause of knee pain in Malaysia. More than 40% of people aged 65 years and older have them. One Spine have many athletic patients who came in with meniscal tears after involving in contact sport injuries such as football and non-contact sport such as volleyball and soccer. One Spine Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Center provide the best non-operative knee pain treatment with the help of our skillful and knowledgeable group of chiropractors and physiotherapists.
Meniscus refer to the cartilage in our knees that cushion and stabilize our thighbone and shinbone. There are two menisci in each knee joint. The menisci play an important role in dispersing the body weight and reduce friction at knee joints during movement.
The meniscus can be damaged or torn during activities that cause direct contact or pressure from a forced twist or rotation. Sports that require sudden turns and stops may contribute a higher risk for meniscus tears. Some of these sports include:
In recent studies, meniscus tears are growing increasingly common in children and adolescent due to their participation in organized sports which are aggressive and competitive.
People with osteoarthritis will also have higher risk of getting their knee injured leading to meniscal tear. Another factor is due to degeneration in older people, as the cartilage in the knee becomes weaker and thinner, it is more prone to tear.
Normally, it starts with a popping sound around the knee joints followed by pain, swelling, difficulty moving the knees or inability to move in full range of motion. In addition, people with meniscus tear will have feeling of locking or catching around their knee. Most of the time, they feel the knees are giving way and unable to support.
Meniscus tear is can diagnosed through a series of physical examination followed by MRI for confirmation.
The basic treatment method for meniscal tears is RICE method:
REST your knee. Use crutches to avoid any weight bearing on the joints and avoid any activities that worsen the knee pain.
ICE your knee every three to four hours for 30 minutes.
COMPRESS or wrap the knee in an elastic bandage to reduce inflammation.
ELEVATE your knee to reduce swelling.
The RICE method will normally help in subsiding the pain level of your knee joints however full recovery is still required in order to avoid any scar tissues build up in the injured area which will cause future complications and muscles stretching and strengthening program need to be introduced in order to regain back the performance of daily activities. In One Spine Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Centre, we focus not only on reducing the pain level of our patients but also to treat the root cause. The good news is we treat all our patients through the non-surgical and non-invasive approach. Call us today and let us help you!
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