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Torn Meniscus and How Do You Treat It?

What is a Torn Meniscus?

A torn meniscus is a common knee injury that involves damage to the cartilage in the knee joint. The meniscus is a wedge-shaped, rubbery cartilage that acts as a cushion between the thighbone (femur) and the shinbone (tibia). A torn meniscus can result from a forceful twist or rotation of the knee, often occurring during activities that involve sudden stops or changes in direction.

Meniscus tear

Symptoms of a torn meniscus may include pain, swelling, stiffness, and difficulty moving the knee, as well as a sensation of popping or locking.

Treatment for a torn meniscus depends on the severity and location of the tear. Here are common approaches:

  1. Rest and Ice: Rest the knee to allow the meniscus to heal and reduce stress on the joint. Ice can help control swelling.
  2. Pain Medication: You can manage pain and inflammation by using over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  3. Compression: Using a compression bandage may help control swelling.
  4. Elevation: Elevating the leg when at rest can also reduce swelling.
  5. Physical Therapy: Physical therapy exercises can help strengthen the muscles around the knee and improve flexibility. A physical therapist can guide you through a tailored rehabilitation program.
  6. Knee Bracing: In some cases, wearing a knee brace may provide support and stability.
  7. Corticosteroid Injections: Injections of corticosteroids may be considered to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.
  8. Arthroscopic Surgery: For more severe tears or cases where conservative measures are not effective, arthroscopic surgery may be recommended. This minimally invasive procedure involves the removal of the torn part of the meniscus or, in some cases, repair.

At Daphco, we offer brace or support to alleviate the pain in your knee, we have various types of knee brace or sleeve. Check our product page or if you’re a Medicare beneficiary, you can fill out this form and have one of our support to call you and provide further information.

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