Meniscus Injury: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

Meniscus tear is a common cause of knee pain, and countless knee pain patients around the world are suffering from pain caused by meniscus tear. But not all patients have a deep understanding of their meniscal tears. When they have knee pain, they cannot take effective solutions to relieve and treat meniscal injuries. This article will show you the symptoms, causes, and effective treatment options for a meniscal tear.

Meniscus Injury: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

1. What is meniscal injury?

Meniscus Injury refers to damage or damage to the cartilage structure of the meniscus in the knee joint. The menisci are located on the inside and outside of the knee joint and help cushion and stabilize the joint, reducing friction. Meniscal injuries are usually caused by a knee injury, sprain, strenuous exercise, strain, or aging. This injury can cause symptoms such as pain, swelling, catching of the joint, and difficulty bending or straightening. Treatment includes rest, physical therapy, medications to relieve symptoms, or surgical repair in severe cases. Meniscal injuries are a common knee problem, especially among athletes and people with higher activity levels.

Meniscus Injury: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

2. What are the common symptoms of meniscal injury?

The symptoms of a meniscal injury depend on the extent of the damage. Here are some common meniscal injury symptoms:

1. Knee pain: Knee pain is the overall manifestation of meniscus injury. This kind of knee pain is usually located on the inner or outer side of the knee joint. When the patient walks or bends the knee, the knee pain will be very obvious.

2. Knee swelling: Damage to the meniscus may lead to inflammation, and blood and tissue fluid will accumulate in the knee joint. This fluid buildup can cause persistent swelling in the knee joint.

3. Knee joint stuck: After meniscus injury, patients will have a feeling that the knee joint is stuck when moving. This may be caused by fragmentation of the meniscus following an injury.

4. Instability of the knee joint: After the meniscus is injured, the inability to distribute body weight normally will lead to instability of the knee joint, which affects the normal walking and activity status of the patient.

5. Restricted bending or straightening: After the meniscus is damaged, the knee joint cannot bend and straighten correctly, or the range of motion cannot reach the normal state.

6. Bone abnormal noise: After the meniscus is damaged, the fragments of the meniscus and the bones of the knee joint rub against each other, which will cause the patient to produce certain abnormal noises when moving the knee joint.

It should be noted that the symptoms of meniscus injury are not unique. Persistent knee pain often persists along with limited knee movement. In addition, the symptoms of meniscal injury will also show certain differences due to individual differences among patients. When you go to the hospital for medical treatment or take medicine by yourself, you should consult professional medical professionals for evaluation and diagnosis as early as possible to determine the best treatment plan.

By the way, if you might need an ICD-10 code when filling out a Medicare claim, the ICD-10 code for a meniscal tear is S83.2, and the ICD-10 code for a meniscal injury is S83.0 (meniscus Medial injury) and S83.1 (lateral meniscus injury).

3. What are the treatment options for meniscus injury?

Treatment options for meniscal injuries depend on the type, severity, and individual patient condition. Here are some common meniscal injury treatment options.

1. Conservative treatment

Adequate rest is the best treatment option in the early stages of meniscus damage. The human body’s self-healing ability can heal meniscal injuries on its own with sufficient rest. In the event of meniscus damage in an emergency, ice can be used to reduce swelling and pain in the knee. The duration of each use of ice packs should not exceed 15-20 minutes. Using ice packs at intervals and then using heat packs to promote blood flow in the knee has a better therapeutic effect on minor meniscus injuries.

2.Drug treatment

Mild pain and inflammation from a meniscal injury can be treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen. If the meniscal injury is more severe and requires the use of strong analgesics to relieve knee pain, Tramadol is a good choice.

3. Surgical treatment

Some serious meniscal injuries that cannot be relieved by conservative treatment may require damage treatment. Surgery includes meniscus repair and meniscectomy. Please consult a professional medical staff for specific treatment methods and surgical procedures.

4.Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Program

A physical therapist will develop a professional exercise plan based on the patient’s meniscus damage and individual differences. Improves joint stability while strengthening the muscles around the knee. A rehabilitation program of exercises and gradually increased activity levels can speed healing of meniscal injuries and gradually restore normal function to the knee.

5. Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine uses acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine pain relief patches to treat and relieve knee pain caused by damaged menisci. Clinical data show that Chinese medicine therapy has a good therapeutic effect on knee pain. In many countries and regions in Southeast Asia, Chinese medicine therapy is widely recognized and welcomed by patients with knee pain.

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