torn meniscus

torn meniscus

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what is Torn Meniscus ?

The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that acts as a cushion between the thigh bone (femur) and shinbone (tibia) in the knee joint. A torn meniscus occurs when this cartilage is damaged or torn due to a sudden twisting or rotation of the knee joint.

A torn meniscus can cause a range of symptoms, including pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited range of motion. In some cases, a piece of the torn meniscus may move into the joint, causing the knee to lock or catch.


There are several types of meniscus tears, including:

  1. Radial tears: A tear that runs perpendicular to the meniscus.
  2. Horizontal tears: A tear that runs parallel to the meniscus.
  3. Flap tears: A tear that leaves a flap of cartilage.
  4. Bucket handle tears: A tear that runs along the length of the meniscus and causes a piece of the meniscus to detach and move into the joint.

Treatment for a torn meniscus depends on the severity and location of the tear. In some cases, conservative treatments such as rest, ice, and physical therapy may be effective. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair or remove the damaged portion of the meniscus.

It's important to seek medical attention if you suspect that you have a torn meniscus, as delaying treatment can lead to further damage and complications. A healthcare professional can perform a physical examination, imaging tests, and other diagnostic tests to determine the best course of treatment for your specific case.


Here are some ways that a physiotherapist may help with the rehabilitation process:

  1. Pre-surgery physiotherapy: If surgery is necessary, a physiotherapist can help prepare the patient for surgery by improving knee strength, flexibility, and range of motion. This can help improve the success of the surgery and speed up recovery time.
  2. Post-surgery physiotherapy: After surgery, a physiotherapist can help the patient recover by prescribing exercises to help improve knee strength, flexibility, and range of motion. They can also help the patient manage pain and swelling, and ensure that they are using crutches or other assistive devices correctly.
  3. Exercise prescription: The physiotherapist will prescribe exercises to help improve knee strength, flexibility, and range of motion. These exercises may include stretching, strengthening, and mobility exercises.
  4. Manual therapy: The physiotherapist may use manual therapy techniques such as massage, myofascial release, or joint mobilization to help reduce pain and improve joint mobility.

Modalities: The physiotherapist may use various modalities such as heat or ice therapy, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation to help reduce pain and inflammation and promote healing

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