A Meniscus Tear is a common kind of knee injury. The meniscus is used to help you balance weight across your knee. The meniscus is a disc that cushions the outer and inner edge of the knee. When the meniscus is torn it can interfere with the steadiness of the knee and overall balance while walking.
The meniscus is commonly torn by rotating the knee too quickly with the foot planted in an unmoving position on the floor. This unnatural twist of the knee causes the meniscus to tear slightly. This tissue becomes worn over time, this means that tearing it becomes more common in old age or after engaging in a lot of vigorous physical activity.
What Does a Meniscus Tear Feel Like?
- Slight pain and swelling
- Pain and swelling reduces in 2-3 weeks
- Swelling gets worse over 2-3 days
- Limited ability to bend the knee
- Stiff and swollen
- Sharp pain when you squat or rotate the knee
- Knee pop or locks
- Unable to straighten the knee
- Stiff and swollen
- The knee may give way and you’re unable to walk
How to Treat a Meniscus Tear
- Rest the knee and don’t walk on it frequently
- Wrap up the knee
- Elevate the leg
- Ice the affected area
- Look into physical therapy
- For severe injuries: surgery to repair or remove pieces of the meniscus from the joint area
- Use a knee brace
The Best Knee Brace for Meniscus Tear.
Minor Tear: Actimove GenuFlex
The GenuFlex brace is constructed from breathable fabric which provides effective compression and pain relief. The slim-line, wrap around design makes it easy to apply and wear under normal clothes whilst preventing brace migration. Knee movements are guided anatomically by polycentric hinges, providing reassuringly safe knee support. This hinged design is ideal for meniscus injuries.
Moderate Tear: Bauerfeind GenuTrain
The GenuTrain active support consists of an anatomically contoured knit and ring-shaped, functional cushion, the Omega pad. It relieves pain by providing the therapeutic pressure of the support from the kneecap to the soft tissues of the knee. If your knee feels weak, is swollen or painful, the GenuTrain knee support can help you. It relieves pain, stabilizes the joint and helps to achieve faster mobilization.
Severe Tear: Donjoy OA FullForce Knee Brace
This knee brace offloads the affected compartment of the knee while reducing ligament strain, allowing active patients to go more miles with less pain. Reduce ligament strain with 4-Points-of-Leverage clinically show to reduce strain by keeping the knee in a stable position to minimize further cartilage damage.
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