Meniscus Tear

Meniscus Tear

Meniscus tear is a common knee injury that affects the normal mobility of the patient. It is caused when you end up tearing the meniscus cartilage of your knee by exerting a lot of pressure on it. At Saqsham Ortho, we provide holistic and reliable meniscus tear treatment offered by a team of skilled and experienced orthopedic surgeons.

What Is Meniscus Tear?

Meniscus is a piece of cartilage present in your knee that provides cushioning to your knee joint and stabilizes it. It protects your knee bones from wear and tear. However, these protective cartilages can get torn when subjected to a good twist of the knees or tremendous pressure on the knee region. This is what meniscus tear is all about.

Some cases of meniscus tear also involve a piece of shredded cartilage breaking loose and getting caught in the knee joint, leading it to lock up. Meniscus tear often causes a lot of pain, swelling, discomfort, and stiffness. Patients often feel a block to knee mobility and find it difficult to fully extend their knees.

Some cases of a meniscus tear can be dealt with conservative treatment by providing the patient with ice, medication, and rest. If the tear is more serious, the patient may require a dedicated meniscus tear treatment.

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Causes Of Meniscus Tear

You can end up tearing your meniscus by performing any rigorous physical activity that may cause you to rotate or twist your knee to an unhealthy extent. Most meniscus tears are caused by sudden stops, turns, and aggressive pivoting of the knee. The issue can also be caused by lifting something heavy, kneeling in an undesirable position, or deep squatting. In the case of senior citizens, degenerative changes in the knees may lead to the tearing of the meniscus, requiring them to undergo a meniscus tear treatment.

Some of the most common causes of a meniscus tear are twisting of the knees while playing sports such as basketball, tennis, football, cricket, and more.

Symptoms Of Meniscus Tear

If you end up tearing your meniscus, it may take up to 24 hours for you to see any visible symptoms of the same, especially if it is a minor tear.

Here are some of the most common symptoms of a meniscus tear which, if not catered to, may require you to undergo a meniscus tear treatment:

  • Swelling or stiffness in the knee region
  • A popping sensation in the knee
  • Pain while moving your knee (especially in a twisting or rotating motion)
  • Difficulty in fully extending your knee
  • A feeling of your knee being stiff and locked while trying to move it
  • A feeling that your knee is giving way

If the swelling of your knee keeps getting worse and does not subside and you find it difficult to move your knee in the usual fashion, you may need to consult a doctor.

Meniscus Tear Treatment

The treatment of meniscus tears depends on the location and size of the tear. When you go to a doctor to get treated for a meniscus tear, they would take into consideration factors like your age, your level of physical activity, other related injuries, and more.

The outer portion of your meniscus, known as the “red zone”, receives a good blood supply and is often capable of healing on its own if the tear is minor. However, the inner two-thirds of your meniscus, known as the “white zone”, do not receive a good blood supply and may take time to heal. This is the area that doctors focus on the most during meniscus tear treatment.

Fortunately, not every case of meniscus tear requires treatment. If your knee is not locking, is stable, and the symptoms start getting resolved, you can tackle the issue without going through a meniscus tear treatment.

Here are some effective ways in which you can speed up your meniscus tear recovery:

  • Resting your knee
  • Applying an ice pack on your knee on a regular basis (ideally every 3 to 4 hours)
  • Compressing your knee with an elastic bandage or a neoprene type sleeve
  • Keeping your knee elevated with the support of a pillow to prevent excessive swelling
  • Having anti-inflammatory medications
  • Avoiding physical activities like running and jumping that may worsen the issue

At Saqsham, we care for your well-being and strive to bring you the best orthopaedic care and solutions. If you are experiencing any knee-related issues and would like to get a medical opinion,
we’d suggest you book an appointment.