A Meniscus Tear No Longer Requires Surgery
Though there are a variety of different types of knee pain and injuries, one we commonly hear about is the torn meniscus. The meniscus is the cartilage in your knee joint, between your thigh bone and the lower leg bone. The meniscus is a thick piece of cartilage that is most easily torn when you plant your feet, and then twist. To confirm that you have a torn meniscus, an MRI will need to be done. New research studies have shown that surgery is no longer required to repair a torn meniscus. In fact, studies have shown that surgery isn’t any more effective than a long term and diligent physical therapy program. Proper strengthening and exercise programs can greatly improve range of motion, decrease pain and help your knee feel better. Tune in as Doctor of Physical Therapy, Brianna Hoffarth, explains how physical therapy can help your meniscus trouble.