Each knee contains a lateral (outside) meniscus and a medial (inside) meniscus. They are fibrous cartilage wedges that sit between the end of the femur (thigh bone) and the tibia (shin bone).
It was thought that the role played by the menisci was limited and it was common for the complete surgical removal of them following any damage. However, lately their roles have been described as:
Meniscus tears are the most common injury presenting to orthopaedic knee surgeons and are often the result of sports injury; most commonly with the twisting of a flexed knee under load.
In older knees the meniscus becomes less elastic and can tear with a lower level of movement or even spontaneously if the progressive degeneration is severe enough.
Typical symptoms of meniscal tears are:
One, or any combination of the above may be experienced by someone with a meniscal tear.
Immediate treatment for any knee pain should follow the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) principle. A diagnosis of a meniscal tear will be made by a qualified professional.
Once diagnosed the injury should be rested and any aggravating activities should be stopped with the aim being to remove as much load and stress from the knee joint as possible. Later on, more active treatment may be required, in the form of physiotherapy or, in severe cases, surgery.
In the first instance the “C” of the RICE mnemonic is compression. As Active650 knee supports provide the most effective uniform compression of any supports on the market, we can help by reducing the degree of swelling post-injury. The benefit of an Active650 support at this stage is not only its superior compression but also its comfort. Once in place it will not move and the high level of elasticity means that there is no tourniquet effect and no digging in or pinching of sensitive and painful areas.
An Active650 Full Knee Support will help you as your rest, recovery and rehabilitation progresses. The menisci have a poor blood supply. Therefore the increased warmth provided by the contoured fit of an Active650 support will increase the flow of blood to the knee joint aiding the supply of oxygen and nutrients to help repair damaged tissue.
As the rehabilitation begins or, in the case of minor tears, as you start to increase your activity you need to move the knee as much as you can, in order to prevent the joint from stiffening and to strengthen the surrounding muscles. However, you do not want to move the knee too much, so that it causes re-injury or worsens the existing injury.
The key is to mobilise and load the knee in a controlled manner, within the limits of pain.
Conventional supports will not only prevent movement of the knee they can result in the muscles becoming reliant on the brace. With an Active650 Full Knee Support you get protection from excess load and stresses with no restriction of movement. You can achieve your rehabilitation potential more quickly, in more comfort with more security.