Tearing of The Meniscus

By Taylor Wilhelm

Where and what is a Meniscus tear?

A meniscus tear is a common knee injury. The meniscus is a rubbery, C-shaped disc that cushions your knee.Each knee has two menisci (plural of meniscus)-one at the outer edge of the knee and one at the inner edge. The menisci keep your knee steady by balancing your weight across the knee. A torn meniscus can prevent your knee from working right.
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How does this injury occur?

A meniscus tear is usually caused by twisting or turning quickly, often with the foot planted while the knee is bent. Meniscus tears can occur when you lift something heavy or play sports. As you get older, your meniscus gets worn. This can make it tear more easily.

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?

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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.

Bibliography

"Meniscus Tear Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2015.

"How to Avoid and Treat a Torn Meniscus." Core Performance Core Daily. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Dec. 2015.