Tearing of The Meniscus
By Taylor Wilhelm
Where and what is a Meniscus tear?
How does this injury occur?
How can a torn Meniscus be avoided?
- Be especially careful doing squats to avoid excessive compression of the meniscus.
- Work with a certified strength and conditioning coach to ensure proper lifting techniques in the weight room.
- Work with a knowledgeable coach to ensure proper sport-specific technique to reduce the risk of meniscus injuries
What are the symptoms of torn Meniscus? What can be done to help it heal?
If a tear has occurred on the outer rim, there are enough blood vessels to allow the structure to heal. If the tear is in the central area where there isn't a good supply of blood, the tissue may not ever heal and may need to be removed through arthroscopic surgery.
- Recovery without surgery may take six to eight weeks.
- Recovery with surgery may take three to four months.
- Wear a knee brace or sleeve for protection.
Exercises such as foam rolls, hip rotation, and hip abduction can be used to help treat the injury if it is not to severe.
"How to Avoid and Treat a Torn Meniscus." Core Performance Core Daily. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2015.