Meniscus Tear: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
Without a doubt, the knees are the hinges of our body. It is a joint that has a double force, on the one hand, it receives the upward load that the feet give it and they support the weight of the whole body above, the menisci being as important as the entire structure.
Keep in mind that the knee joint is not perfect. In the upper part of the joint, the femur bone with the lower part that is the tibia bone does not join perfectly, and to make a joint they have two parts called “menisci”.
The menisci are like two joint adapters that are made of cartilage and tend to break. One is shaped like a crescent and the other is more rounded.
Among the most common we can mention:
Ø Getting out of the chair after sitting for a long time
Ø Go up or down a ladder
Ø Want to run and feel a lot of pain
Ø Suffer the injury while playing sports
The pains are very strong in the front of the knee and also in the back where it begins to fill with fluid (synovial fluid). Many times, a very large amount of fluid is formed and when the fluid cannot go forward it goes backward, forming cysts like the famous Becker cyst, which causes a lot of discomforts and can be up to the size of a plum.
It is necessary to try to solve that meniscusthat many times is interposed in the joint, in the gear. However, there are maneuvers to unlock that joint.
You can always try to relocate the joint and try to move that little piece of the meniscus, including relocating the meniscus, which may have moved from its place. Many techniques are specific, manual therapiesperformed to mobilize the joint and menisci. They are complemented with other therapies and exercises to strengthen so that it has an external containment.
It is essential to exercise the quadriceps, it is the muscle that goes from the groin to the knee in the front. If you are weak, you can do exercises at home 2-3 times a day, at the office, at work and with that, you will have a very good function to keep a weak joint clear.
To give it external containment, the meniscus itself and all the joints around it can then begin to be strengthened with different substances, including "platelet-rich plasma”.
The procedure: What is done is to use the patient's blood. It is extracted in any laboratory and specific components called "platelets" are extracted from that blood.
The whole body repairs itself with blood. For example, we cut our skin, a scab form, the repair factors that we have in the platelets will form your new skin, but the blood does not reach the knee. You have to remove it artificially and place it in there and then it will repair many parts that are injured. Platelets must be removed and activated to place them inside the knee.
This can also be combined with specific applications (combined therapy), one repairs and the other lubricates. It can also be treated with meniscus surgery, which is quite common.
So, we already know that with a very good review by a professional traumatologist or physiotherapist, with an MRI that will confirm that you have an injury or not. Click here to find about the benefits of one-on-one therapy: miraclerehabclinic.com/blog/24-one-on-one-physical-therapy
With proper treatment and platelet-rich plasma and maneuvers that you can perform yourself, you can return to your sports life or your work life, or simply walk without discomfort again.