- Provide Shock Absorption
- Stabilizes the Knee
- Facilitate Smooth Movement of the Knee
A meniscus tear is a tear that occurs in the soft, rubbery cartilage of the knee. The meniscus itself is a C-shaped rubbery disc that protects your knee, and it transfer force and impact from your lower leg to your thigh. There’s actually two menisci in each knee, one on the inside or medial aspect of the knee, and one on the outside or lateral aspect.
Meniscus tears occur in fast-paced sports. The injury is caused by forceful twisting motions of the knee, especially when all of your weight is put on your leg. Fast-paced sports like basketball, where there is a great deal of twisting and evasive movement, see a lot of torn menisci in players. But any activity that sees a good deal of fast twisting, and pressure on the knees sees many cases of torn menisci. Physical labor jobs are another example of activities prone to Meniscus tears.
Similar injuries include ACL tears, which are a more severe relative to a meniscus tear.
Compared to other injuries meniscus tears aren’t nearly as serious as an ACL tear, for example.
Most meniscus tears can require minimal recovery measures if they are not severe. Rest from physical activity can help with mild irritation to the meniscus, but if it does not improve other interventions may be necessary. Prolotherapy is a non surgical option that helps to stimulate repair to mild to moderate injuries to the meniscus. It’s rare that surgery is needed, but in the most serious tears it’s a necessity.
Keeping weight off the affected knee is sometimes necessary to properly recover from athletic activities.