The meniscus is a “C” shaped cartilage cushion, which is like a wedge within the knee. There are two in each knee which cushion, support, and aid movement. Injury to the meniscus is very common and can occur from wear and tear over time or from a sudden twist, turn, or even slowing down when running.
- Pain in knee
- Swelling and stiffness
- Fluid build-up inside on top of knee
- Sensation that knee is getting stuck or locking
The doctor may suggest resting, icing, elevating, and putting compression on the injured knee.
Anti-inflammatory medication can address symptoms of pain and swelling.
Certified Physical Therapists work closely with doctors to create an individualized program to maximize healing and restore function, strength and mobility.
A variety of supports such as a brace, crutches or other advanced support can help restrict movement and allow the cartilage to begin the healing process.
When conservative treatment fails, and the knee continues to be painful and locks in place, arthroscopic surgery may be recommended to repair, trim or remove the damaged meniscal cartilage.