Sports Medicine began as an approach to treatment designed to be minimally invasive in order to optimize recovery for athletes. Over time, these practices have been widely adopted for use on anyone who leads an active lifestyle or suffers an injury common to athletes — including many laborers and work-related injuries. Sports Medicine treatments focus on non-surgical options first and, when surgery is indicated, minimally-invasive techniques are heavily favored. The goal is always long-term complete recovery with abundant support to prevent re-injury.
Your knee joint has two wedge-shaped pieces of cartilage that act as shock absorbers between your femur and your tibia. These are your menisci. There are several common types of tears, but meniscus tears are common among athletes (although they can happen to anyone). Treatments range from simple at-home therapies, to surgical intervention, depending on the type and severity of the tear.
- Sudden tear, caused by twisting or forceful rotation
- Degenerative tear, caused by weakening over time
- Pivoting, deep squatting, or heavy lifting.
- Sudden “pop” upon injury. Many people can still walk with a torn meniscus.
- Stiffness and swelling, decreased range of motion
- Sensation of your knee “giving way”