The meniscus is a piece of cartilage in the knee that is supposed to keep the knees’ bones from rubbing against each other. It usually does its job well, but thanks to its vulnerable position, it is also prone to getting torn. Here are some facts about meniscus tears (sometimes referred to as meniscal tears) and how we treat them here at NuView Health Medical, a New York chiropractor.
How Does the Meniscus Get Torn?
This usually happens due to traumatic injury to the knee, and commonly occurs while playing football, rugby, or other rough contact sports. Sports that require you to quickly stop and turn can also cause your meniscus to rip. As you get older, your meniscus gets thinner and weaker. Then, you may suffer a tear just from certain household activities.
Unlike many traumatic injuries, a meniscus tear doesn’t often come on as an immediately showstopping event. You may have heard a popping sound during the activity that gave you the tear, but may be able to keep playing in your current game. Later, however, inflammation will set in and will become very painful. Once this has happened, you can expect trouble bending the affected knee, pain, swelling, and a tendency for the joint to lock up.
As with other health problems, diagnosis starts with getting your medical history and the history of your symptoms. Then, an X-ray or MRI scan may be done to confirm the diagnosis and rule out other possibilities, such as broken bones.
Initial treatment is based on reducing inflammation and pain. Your doctor will likely tell you to keep your knee elevated, ice it frequently, and rest it. What happens next depends on the severity of the tear. Minor ones can move to the physical therapy stage as soon as the initial pain subsides, but major ones can require surgery. As chiropractors, we at NuView Health Medical specialize in drug-free, surgery-free treatments. This makes us the logical choice for the rehab phase of your recovery. We’ll provide corrective exercises, therapeutic massage, and suggestions on how to stay active without further injuring your knee. This will get you back into the game much sooner than if you just let your knee heal without direction.
If you think you have torn your meniscus, don’t wait. Contact us at (212) 588-0707 here at NuView Health Medical located at 22 West 48th St. #306 in New York, NY. We can give you a confirmation of the diagnosis and start a treatment plan meant to restore the full strength and functionality of your knee.
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