Meniscus Tears

Injuries can occur to the Medial Meniscus, cartilage that lies between the inner joints of the knee, and the Lateral Meniscus, cartilage that lies between the outer joints of the knee. Medial meniscus injuries occur more often than Lateral Meniscus injuries. Twisting motions, while the feet are planted, and impacts to the knee can cause meniscus damage. Degenerative conditions where the meniscus tissue begins to fray can also cause damage and pain.

Symptoms

  • Pain on the inner surface in the knee joint
  • Swelling in or around the knee
  • Lack of weight bearing strength
  • Pain when knee is rotated

Treatment

  • R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) method
  • Electronic stimulation and ultrasound
  • Manual therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medication when necessary
  • Surgery to remove large pieces of cartilage if necessary