A meniscus tear is a common type of knee injury, but one that can put a stop to your normal daily routines. This cartilage injury can be effectively treated by Jiab Suleiman, DO, and Alaa Mansour, DPM, and the rest of the team at Premier Orthopedics in Canton and Dearborn, Michigan. If you are troubled by ongoing knee pain, schedule a visit to determine if a meniscus tear is present and to explore treatment options. Call the office most convenient to you or book your appointment online today.
Your meniscus is a small piece of cartilage that sits between your lower leg bone (tibia) and thigh bone (femur). You have two menisci in each knee, one in the interior of the joint and one that sits just outside.
Cartilage is a tough type of connective tissue. It lacks a direct blood supply, however, and is therefore very slow to heal. When your menisci sustain a tear, it is not able to repair itself quickly and can lead to serious knee pain and limited joint function.
Meniscus tears often occur during sports training or play. These injuries can also occur during regular movements. Even stepping off a curb in the wrong way can cause a torn meniscus.
If the damage is minimal, a period of rest may be all that’s needed to allow your natural healing function to move forward. Icing the knee can reduce swelling, and over-the-counter pain medications can control discomfort.
Physical therapy can also help treat a torn meniscus. This approach has the added benefit of strengthening the muscles surrounding your knee, which can help prevent further injury.
Minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery allows your specialist to trim damaged meniscus cartilage or repair tears. In the most advanced cases, knee replacement is the best way to reduce friction and pain within a damaged knee joint.
One of the most important steps you can take to prevent a meniscus tear is to take care to avoid placing undue strain on your knees during sports practice or play. Pushing too far beyond your physical limits can cause numerous injuries, including cartilage damage.
Incorporate stretching into your exercise routine and take time to warm up before training. It is also important to wear the proper protective gear if your sport or fitness activity carries a risk of traumatic injury. Even wearing the right shoes can reduce your risk of joint damage.
If you suspect you’ve sustained a meniscus tear, call Premier Orthopedics to book a diagnostic exam right away or schedule your appointment online today.