KNEE PAIN FROM A MENISCUS INJURY
Do you have knee pain?
Do you feel popping in your knee when you walk?
Is there stiffness and/or swelling in your knee?
Do you feel pain when rotating or pivoting on your knee?
Is there difficulty with straightening the knee?
Do you feel a sensation of locking or catching when using your knee?
- Occurs without trauma present
- Happens due to age
- Deterioration of the meniscus tissue has occurred
- More common in the male population than female
- Usually occurs in the fourth or fifth decade, but can occur in young athletes due to repetitive loading
- Tenderness across the knee joint
- Can cause some swelling
- Deep knee pain
- Popping and locking of the knee that comes and goes
- Pain with prolonged bending of the knee: Eg. kneeling on the knees
- Pain with twisting and pivoting on the knee: Eg. getting in and out of the car and turning on the knee
- Quadriceps strengthening
- Isometric hamstrings strengthening
- Maintaining flexibility: Quadriceps and hamstrings stretches
- Joint mobilisations can help to reduce pain and improve function
- Taping can also be used to good effect to reduce abnormal loading on the meniscus, thereby reducing pain during loading
- Dry needling can help to reduce irritation of the meniscus (not pictured in case of trypanophobia [a fear of needles])