Meniscal Tear

The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that provides a cushion between your femur and tibia. They stabilize the knee joint and act as “shock absorbers”.

Causes of a meniscus tear:

The meniscus can be torn during activities that cause direct contact or pressure from a forced twist or rotation.

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Tennis

Symptoms of a meniscus tear:

  • When a meniscus tear occurs, you may hear a popping sound around your knee joint.
  • Pain, especially when the area is touched
  • Swelling around the knee joint
  • Difficulty moving your knee joint and feels that your knee is giving away > Inability to move the knee in a full range of motion
  • Test for meniscal tear: Mc Murray Test.

Rehabilitation treatment:

  • PRICE (Prevention, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation).
  • Strengthening of Quadriceps and VMO’S and Thera bands exercise for knee joint.
  • Brace to support the knee joint,
  • Use crutches to avoid any weight bearing on the joint
  • Aerobic exercise (Hydrotherapy) and pain management