We have many different cartilage tissues in our bodies with hard-to-memorize Latin names but one of them however, surpasses all the rest by being the most widely known: Meniscus. It’s very famous because of 2 reasons. Firstly, its name is frequently associated with our favorite football player or athlete. Secondly, its injury is very common in public. Now let’s take a closer look to it now and learn what we can do when it’s torn.
What Is This Meniscus?
Proper functioning of the knee joint depends on three bones; thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia), kneecap (patella) and two crescent-shaped pieces of cartilage that act as shock absorbers between them. The outer piece is your lateral meniscus, and the inner one is the medial meniscus. Their function is protecting the upper leg bone and the lower leg bone whenever you are using your legs: walking, running, dancing, climbing and etc.
What Causes Meniscal Tears?
Anything that forces your knee joint can cause a tear. In most cases the cause is reported as a sudden movement like a twist or rotation of the knee. Heavy weighted squatting or lifting, and kneeling for a long time can also cause a meniscal tear.
Types of Meniscus Tears
- Radial tear
- Horizontal tear
- Incomplete tear
- Complex tear
- Flap tear
- Bucket handle tear
When Do We Need Meniscus Surgery?
The physician will look at the type, degree, and location of the tear as well as your age and activity level to start the treatment. If possible, initial treatment will be the RICE protocol, that is the abbreviation of Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate. After RICE protocol decreases your complaints, you may also be prescribed a physical rehabilitation program that will strengthen your leg muscles, so that your knee joint won’t have to bear too much pressure due to weak muscles.
If these do not work, the final solution will be a simple meniscus surgery protocol. That may be meniscectomy , repair surgery, reconstruction surgery or meniscal scaffolds procedure. No matter which, the latest arthroscopic meniscus technology makes this surgery very simple.
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