Meniscus Tears Can Be Very Painful: Here’s What to Know

Is severe knee pain keeping you from normal standing, walking, exercising, or even sleeping at night? You could have a meniscus tear one of the most common knee injuries. The team at Motion Medical Center in Gardnerville, NV can help you manage your pain and may even be able to help you avoid surgery, allowing the knee to heal on its own.

What is a meniscus tear?

Each of your knees has two C-shaped pieces of cartilage to cushion the space between your shinbone and thighbone. The pieces of cartilage are known as menisci. If you have all of your weight on your leg and are forced to twist or rotate suddenly, these cushions can tear.

A torn meniscus is typically extremely painful and will cause swelling and stiffness. You might find that your knee won’t extend fully, locks in place, or hurts so much you can’t sleep at night. You may even feel like your knee can no longer bear your weight, or that it might buckle under you at any moment.

A knee with a meniscus tear is more likely to develop osteoarthritis over the years, so speedy treatment to reduce swelling and minimize damage is important. And if the knee is stable, non-surgical treatment may be all that is required.

How can a meniscus tear be diagnosed?

At Motion Medical Center, our team can diagnose a meniscus tear with a physical exam that tests your range of motion, muscle strength, and nerve function. We might also take an X-ray of your knee to confirm the diagnosis. If the knee is extremely damaged and cannot heal on its own, we will refer you to a specialist for surgical options.

What non-surgical treatments exist for meniscus tears?

For small tears to the menisci, we provide a variety of treatments to reduce inflammation and swelling, relieve pain, and speed healing. These include:

  • Regenerative medicine uses stem cell injections to help kickstart your body’s natural ability to heal itself. Stem cell injections can be safely used in tandem with other treatments for joint pain.
  • Cold laser therapy uses gentle pusles of cool energy into the joint to reduce inflammation and pain. We use the Erchonia® cold laser, which only requires short, 10-minute sessions to start reducing swelling and help provide relief from pain.
  • Chiropractic care involves aligning the bones and joints into their proper positions, allowing your body to heal more quickly.

Your treatment plan will be tailored to your unique physiological needs. Our team will design your care with the goal of returning you to your former activity level as soon as possible.

To schedule an exam to discuss your knee pain, call Motion Medical Center at (775) 392-4545, or request an appointment online.

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