A meniscus injury or tear is a very common injury. The meniscus (plural to menisci) a crescent shaped cushion of rubbery cartilage in the inner and outer knee, it functions to act as a stabilizer and shock absorber for the knee. A meniscus injury can prevent the knee from properly function and can vary from a small tear to a split meniscus, or ripped and barely hanging to the knee joint. With age, the meniscus wears down, making it easier for injury. Most meniscus injuries occur with some sort of twisting motion and injuries can range from moderate to severe. With a moderate meniscus injury there is some pain and swelling and may feel pain with twisting or squatting. With a severe meniscus injury there may be a popping or locking which happens when part of the torn meniscus moves into the joint space.
Meniscus Injury Symptoms
- Pain in the knee
- Swelling in the knee
- Stiffness in the knee
- A catching or locking of the knee
- Inability to extend knee
Treatment for Meniscus Injury
- ASTR® Tools: Our doctors use a variety of ASTR® tools to release scar tissue and myofascial restriction, which can decrease pain and give symptom relief.
- Special exercise program to decrease inflammation, strengthen the muscles, and help the patient to return to normal function and activities.
- Special instructions on how to speed up the recovery time.
- Cold Laser Therapy: Tissue inflammation is common with sport hernia. Cold laser is used in order to decrease inflammation and swelling that causes pain in the knee area.