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What is the right Knee Injuries and Meniscus Tear Treatment ?
Treatment of injured knee and meniscus tear needs to be done according to the condition of the injury. If the injury is mild, then taking enough rest and limiting your movement, so that unnecessary pressure is not applied on the knees, will do a lot to heal your injured knees. You may ask the physician for some painkillers to get some relieve from the pain in your knees. Applying cold compress or ice directly on your knees is also a good way to treat meniscus injury.
Supporting you injured knees with braces is a proven way to heal your knee meniscus injury. The braces not only heal the injured knees but also reduce the pain associated with it. But if the injury is severe you need to undergo a knee surgery for complete cure. But as it is always said prevention is better than cure, by exercising a lot you can prevent your knees from injury. Still if the injury happens consult your physician immediately for the correct knee injury meniscus treatment.
Home treatment for meniscus tear can give relief from the swelling and pains caused by this problem. Here are simple tips that will help you to know about home treatment for meniscus tear.
Take rest and reduce activities: It is highly needed for a patient of meniscus tear to take rest. If you are affected by meniscus tear you should definitely give rest to your knee joint. You should also reduce your activities, particularly those activities that put strain and pressure to the knee joints.
Avoid positions and motions that increase the pain : You should also avoid such positions and motions that only aggravate the pain and swelling. However, your doctor may recommend you a knee brace or a crutch depending on the severity of your pain and injury.
Apply Cold pack or ice pack : You can also apply cold pack or ice pack on your affected knee for about 10 minutes or 20 minutes. If you can apply this ice pack every, one to two hours, continuously for three days, then you will definitely find some relief. This cold pack also helps to reduce swelling. However, when you are applying ice pack, try to put a thin piece of cloth in between your skin and the ice pack.
In this article we are going to discuss the importance of Knee brace for meniscus tear. Knee pain due to meniscus tear is a very common occurrence and any damage to the wedged shaped shock absorbing cartilage called Meniscus, found within the knee joint, can leave you in lot of pain and discomfort. The main function of the meniscus is to cushion the friction of three bones (tibia, femur, and petella) that meet at the knee joint. Meniscus not only protects the knee bones from abrasion but they also prevent articular cartilage from getting damaged. Articular cartilages play a significant role in smooth movement of individual bones which are joined at the knee. Aging can lead to gradual break down of cartilages that can lead to osteoarthritis, a manifestation of cartilage disintegration.
Do you know that meniscus treatment without surgery is possible? If the tear is not severe, located on the meniscus’s outer edge and it is small then by rehabilitation it is possible to cure meniscus. In cases where the knee is stable and the symptoms of meniscus do not persist or do not hamper your daily lifestyle then non-surgical options treatments are possible. However, whether a patient will go for surgical treatment or a nonsurgical one completely depends upon the nature of the knee joints. If the joints of the knee are functional and do not cause any limit to the patients to participate in his or her preferred or regular activities then the patient can think for meniscus treatment without surgery.
*Understanding the complexities of the knee could help to obtain brief insight into meniscus cartilage replacement options and cost involve in treating torn meniscus, and meniscus transplant surgical operation*
The knee joint consists of the femur (thigh bone), tibia (shin bone), and the patella (knee cap) as the bone components. The tibia and femur are capped by a soft tissue of articular cartilage, and in between these two rests the C-shaped meniscus, acting as a cushion of cartilage for smooth articulation of the bones. The meniscal cartilage is hard and rubbery for the purpose of providing stability and shock-absorption to the knee joint. In case of injury or damage to the meniscus, the articular cartilage covering the thigh bone and shin bone may start to wear out and cause acute pain and discomfort during movement of the knee.
Meniscus Cartilage Damage
There may be various reasons for knee damage due to tear or damage to the meniscus and even due to age. As the meniscus is not supplied with any blood circulation, any damage caused due to age or injury, it is unable to repair the damage on its own unlike many other organs or tissues of the body. Trauma to the meniscus can take place when the knee is twisted or turned rapidly, while the knee is in the bent position. It may also get torn due to lifting heavy weights or athletic activity, sports or due to wearing off as a reason of aging. Meniscus tears can be minor, moderate, or severe.