Meniscus Tear Video
By Tim Wall MS/ATC
JOI Meniscus Tear Video
A meniscus tear is a common injury of the knee. Your knee joint has by two c-shaped wedges or cushions of cartilage. This is known as the “menisci.” Each individual cushion is called a “meniscus.” Furthermore, this injury is a tear of one of these cushions. The meniscus on the inside is the medial and the one on the outside of the knee is the lateral.
The meniscus is most commonly torn in sports. Often, the athlete feels a “pop” on the inside or outside of their knee. The knee begins to swell and it becomes difficult to bend the knee. They will usually have difficulty with swatting or end range of motion in bending the knee. In other words, if you think you have a meniscus tear, please see your physician. Generally, the conservative approach to care can resolve minor tears. In other more severe tears, surgery may be the plan of action.
Chronic Meniscus Tears
Some meniscus tears appear later on in life as we age. These tend to be more related to the wear and tear on the knee over time. Occupations that require repetitive bending and squatting tend to be the cause of these types of tears. This can also result in an arthritic type knee with a smaller cushion between the knee bones. Finally, to learn more about this, please go to: Bone on Bone in the Knee .
There are several different types of meniscus tears depending on where the tear occurs. Tears to the medial meniscus are more common that the lateral. Ultimately, your physician would determine the best treatment protocol for you.
To learn more, please watch this video about meniscal injuries to the knee.
We hope that this article and video have been helpful to you. A good stretching program is best way to prevent meniscus tears. Additionally, a good quad strengthening program for the quad muscle.
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