Complex Meniscus Tears Injuries
You might be suffering from a complex tear of your meniscus if:
- You are suffering from limited movement and unable to stretch out your knee.
- You have pain and swelling in your knee.
- You have tightness and tenderness around your knee.
- You may feel as if your knee may collapse at any moment.
If you found yourself agreeing with many of these statements; you're suffering from off/on or on-going pain in your knee then you might have a meniscus tear injury. Once your doctor confirmed your meniscus injury he/she will set you on a path for proactive conservation treatments, even before you have a full MRI diagnosis. This is because your knee and meniscus could end up in worse condition than before the surgery! This is why surgery is only performed as a last resort. Minor meniscus injuries heal quickly with conservative therapy - not every torn meniscus requires surgery. Location, shape and size of your tear can greatly influence your success in healing your torn meniscal tissue.
Some conservative treatment methods recommended include:
- Rest - This is important for initial healing because without an correct amount of rest you are at risk for increased inflammation, pain and re-injury of your meniscus.
- Apply Effective Cold Compression
Effective Cold Compression = Treatment with a Freezie Wrap® - Immediate cold compression (using the ColdCure Technology® Freezie Wrap®) will allow you to manage your pain while getting rid of swelling, inflammation and edema in your knee.
- Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®) - You can use your own blood flow to maximize your rehabilitation, decrease recovery time, and boost overall long-term healing.
- Long Rehabilitation - Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device increase range of motion, build tissue strength and stabilize your knee joint.
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If your doctor has decided that your injury can be treated with conservative treatments. You can join our many customers who have had great success treating themselves with the powerful, conservative treatment products we offer through AidMyMeniscus; the Freezie Wrap®, Inferno Wrap® and the Knee-Flex® Passive Meniscus Stretching Device.
If surgical repair is required, talk to your doctor about using these same products for post-surgery recovery. Enhancing your healing by reducing post-surgery inflammation, enhancing range of motion and minimizing scar tissue growth.
What is a Complex Meniscus Tear?
You have two menisici in the knee the lateral and medial meniscus are soft rubbery tissue structure in the knee that acts like a shock absorber for your leg, knee and hip. The menisci are c-shaped pads located on the outer (lateral) and inner (medial) of the knee. This meniscal pad sits on top of the tibia bone and forms a concave surface for the rounded ends of the femur bone to rest on. This meniscus acts like a suction cup to hold the tibia and femur bones together in the joint.
Both lateral and medial meniscus are held in place with 'root' attachments at the very posterior aspect of the meniscus. As the name suggest it roots the tissue in place inside the knee, provides stability and prevent meniscus from being squeeze out of place by the bones of your knee (like a toothpaste out a tube).
Sports related complex meniscal tear injuries: You can suffer a complex meniscal tear injury to your left meniscus or right meniscus, from traumatic event. The forces on the knee are so great that the meniscus is squished and pulled at the same time. These different stress points tear the meniscus into more than one tear shape. Often times when you have such a traumatic injury you are suffering from MCL or ACL ligament tears as the same time and surgery is needed to repair all the damage.
Degenerative meniscal tears; The aging process degeneration changes the surface of the meniscal tissues. The meniscus thins wears out with use the edges start to fray. Often times a slight twist to your knee while doing a simple activity as stepping down for a chair. You 'pop' sound is heard and you have swelling and stiffness, increases gradually from hours to days after injury. So even if you haven't suffered an acute trauma causing your meniscus injury, you are still at risk for degeneration of your meniscal tissue over time. Past events in your knees history make a different on how fast your meniscus has degenerated, including such events:
- You may have had a very active lifestyle even suffered a slight injury to your meniscus in your youth that has not bothered you for years.
- You may have had an meniscus (knee) injury '10 years' before always seems to act-up now and then.
- Your job has been very demanding with repetitive squatting or kneeling.
The weakened meniscal tissue tears from relatively little to no stress on the tissue. You may not even notice that something has happened to your knee, until it becomes worse and you feel pain. The most common type of complex tear is a combination of horizontal and radial tears.
Your Age, Health & Activity Level can Influence Meniscal Healing too...
Your age will directly influence the cause of your meniscus injury. It's been proven that the meniscus becomes weaker over time resulting in degenerative meniscal tears; 60% of individuals over the age of 65 will experience a degenerative meniscus tear. (reference: 1)
A degenerative tear would require partial meniscectomy to remove damaged and displaced tissue. A meniscal repair isn't possible to fix degenerative damage because of the jagged and torn nature of the meniscus. A meniscal repair of degenerative tissue would be very difficult to perform and reduces the rate of success for healing. Because of this fact, your age increases the likelihood that your surgeon will feel that your tear can't be repaired.
What causes a complex meniscus tear?
Anyone can injure their meniscus, though the a complex meniscus is most often injured from degeneration of the meniscal tissue. Causes of complex meniscal tears can also be linked to your age. People under the age of 20 almost always suffer complex meniscal tears due to sports activities. As you age, the likelihood of your meniscus tear occurring due to a sport activity decreases. More than 80% of individuals between the ages of 40 to 59 will have a complex meniscus tear from either a non-sports related traumatic incident or with no identifiable cause.
A complex meniscus injury can happen from sudden and traumatic accidents. This can happen from sudden changes in direction with the leg - like when your foot is fixed / planted on the ground and a twisting force is applied to your knee. It can also get injured with a combination of excessive straightening or bending of the knee which is what happens in a forceful jump or landing, and / or direct side impact to the knee joint. This type of tear is only found in younger athletes and more common to suffer a complex tear in the medial meniscus side of the knee; in combination with ligament and/or tendon damage at the same time. Athletes that play sports where their knee is bent have an increased risk of getting a complex meniscus injury. This includes athletes who participate in sports like volleyball, football, soccer, tennis, basketball, baseball, hockey, weight lifters and racket sports.
Everyone can be affected by degeneration of their meniscus over time, edges of the meniscus become frayed, jagged, thin, and brittle. Any repetitive or frequent movement can place stress on your meniscus over the years. The knee joint itself suffers degenerative changes such as arthritis, osteoarthritis and/or cartilage thinning on the ends of the bones. This gradual wear and tear on the knees comes for overuse, repetitive knee movements, twisting or prolonged weight bearing activities. Degenerative changes to the knee happen slowly, so you may suffer a torn meniscus from a simple daily activity. You need to be aware that this injury can happen to anyone and happens more often the older you are. It is not just isolated to athletes!
What are the Symptoms of a
Complex Meniscus Tear?
If you've suffered a traumatic sudden injury to your knee while playing sports, swelling to your knee will happen within a few hours after the injury or in the following days. You may also experience more intense pain when bending, walking, or twisting your knee. You'll continue to feel some tenderness on the outer part of your knee.
Mild degenerative complex meniscus tears are subtle with pain that increases over time. You may or may not have swelling after exercise or daily activities. If you do have pain, you'll experience pain and possibly feel weakness / instability in your knee. You may feel your knee having mild catching, snapping or clicking.
As your degenerative complex meniscus tear becomes more severe you might feel a 'giving-way' sensation (instability) in your knee and the locking of your knee may develop. Pain may increase with certain activities, like climbing a set of stairs, kneeling to do the simplest thing as putting away your groceries or squatting to pick up something you may have dropped.
If you're suffering for a chronic complex meniscus injury you may have developed a limp due to severe pain or you're unable to stand for long periods of time. A chronic injury could also result in 'buckling' of your knee when weight is placed on it and loss of range of motion. You may develop 'cyst' bulging out from your knee. This decreases your range of movement and unable to stretch out your knee. You may tightness because of swelling and tenderness around your knee.
How Do I Diagnose a Complex Meniscus Injury?
The best way to diagnose this condition is with a quick visit to the your doctor for a physical examination of your knee. Range of motion tests will be done to see how much movement has been lost in the knee.
Your doctor may also consider any previous knee injuries or joint stiffness that you may have had in the past. This will help the doctor to determine if you have a more complex injury in your knee and rule out any other knee injuries that may be present.
A set of range of motion test will be completed by the doctor including the McMurray's Test, joint line tenderness and the Ege's test. Your knee might hurt from the doctor poking and prodding at it, but by doing this the doctor will know for sure the source of your pain, the level of tenderness in and around your knee and how well your knee can move with this condition.
Your doctor may suggest diagnostic testing to obtain more detailed information, and assess the amount and/or type of damage done to your knee and meniscus. There are a variety of different tests available to help them analyze the situation; and the recommendation will be dependent on your injury. X-rays will provide an image of the overall bone structure of your knee. It's helpful in identifying abnormal bone shapes, fractures, arthritis, or loose bones and bone abnormalities that may mimic a torn meniscus.
Other tests like a bone scan, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or blood tests may be done if an x-ray looks normal or the doctor is unsure whether you have a fracture. These tests will also rule out any infections of the bone or tissue and help to determine if you are suffering from other injuries like arthritis or osteoarthritis (degenerative damage).
If you suspect you may have a complex meniscus tear injury,
- The first thing to do is speak with your doctor. Only your doctor can give you a proper diagnosis and from this, determine a course of proper treatment. Unless you need surgery to remove the tissue from the complex tear, your doctor will almost always recommend conservative treatment options - conservative treatment options for a degenerative complex meniscus tear typically means rest, ice the injury, elevate the injury and take anti-inflammatory medication.
- Second, if your doctor has decided that your injury can be treated with conservative treatment options, then you'll find that many of our customers have had great success treating themselves with our powerful conservative treatment products - the Knee Freezie Wrap®, Knee Inferno Wrap®, and Knee-Flex® Passive Stretching Device.
- Or, if surgical intervention is required, talk with your doctor about using these same products for post-surgery recovery as you will find them to be effective for reducing post-surgery inflammation, enhancing range of motion and minimizing scar tissue growth.
... and Re-injury to your meniscus must be avoided at all costs!
Complex Meniscus Tear Re-Injury Should be Avoided
Constant re-injury (you know when it's happening, you can feel the pain) needs to be avoided at all costs. Obviously, it delays the healing process, but what's worse is that every re-injury and additional healing cycle increases the amount of scar tissue that builds up in and around your meniscus.
Scar tissue is hard, inflexible, and tough to get rid of. The more severe your lateral or medial meniscus injury is, the more likely that this scar tissue will fill in around your meniscus, also attaching to the surrounding ligaments. This added scar tissue will restrict your ability to control the movement of your knee. Scar tissue also makes your meniscus much more prone to injury again later on. The more scar tissue that develops, the more you lose the range of motion in your entire knee joint.
Continuous re-injury and build-up of scar tissue while staying active means you'll have a greater chance of winding up with on-going pain, more tearing in your meniscus and tearing or weakening (atrophy) of surrounding tissue (ligaments, tendons, muscle).
If you have pain and inflammation in your knee, it's very important to heal your injury quickly and completely. You must avoid the buildup of scar tissue. If you don't, your meniscus injury may plague you forever. This is why it's so important to continuously use conservative treatment tools to heal any recurring meniscal damage before it can build into something big. For any meniscus tear sufferer, having the right tools means all the difference.
We have tools that will help you to prevent and treat the symptoms of chronic meniscus injuries (especially for recovery from meniscus surgery). When it comes to your meniscus, it's best to start effective long term healing right away. Our Advisers are highly trained individuals and will help find the long term healing goal that's right for YOU. Why wait?
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To Start Recovery, Healing Time must be Minimized with Effective Treatment Options
Unfortunately if your tear is too large, the shape is degenerative an/or complex in nature or the shape has created displaced tissue it is likely you will not qualify for a meniscal repair. If you have to undergo surgery on your meniscus, your physician will quickly get you on the path to rehabilitation. Now, the aggressiveness of the rehabilitation efforts will depend on a variety of factors including (but not limited to): your age, the state of your injury before surgery, the location of the meniscus tear and how soon will you return to normal activity.
What You Need to Treat Your
a Meniscus Injury:
- A Professional Cold Compression Freezie Wrap® to reduce inflammation of the muscle tissue (as soon as possible).
- A Deep Tissue Therapeutic Inferno Wrap® to increase Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™to the injured soft tissue (BFST®).
- A Professional, Minimal Impact Stretching Device, known as the Knee-Flex® to prevent muscle atrophy around your knee and gently allow stretching of your knee joint, including your meniscus.
If you have had to have meniscus surgery, you can heal quickly if you treat your injury correctly. That means using the right therapies every single day. Talk to your doctor about these same products for post-surgery recovery. Enhancing your healing by reducing post-surgery inflammation, enhancing range of motion and minimizing scar tissue growth.
Here's how it all works...
Step 1 - Reduce Pain & Swelling with a Freezie Wrap®
The 1st step for conservative treatment of your meniscus when treating conservatively or even after surgery is to reduce swelling to "open up" the area for more blood flow. Anyone in the health-care business knows that your blood supplies the oxygen and much needed nutrients required for your body to heal naturally after surgery. This is why doctors and surgeons recommend cold compression therapy within the first 72 hours of an injury and following meniscus surgery.
Cold compression therapy is recommended to reduce pain, swelling and tissue damage. Many doctors, surgeons and physical therapists consider cold compression therapy to be the gold standard for treatment of inflammation and pain. On-going cold compression treatments can reduce, or even eliminate, the need for NSAIDs or other medications that can be harmful to your body.
Cold compression therapy is known and trusted by most medical professionals. This is why for years doctors, trainers and other medical professionals have recommended RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to treat the pain and swelling of fresh injuries, chronic pain, after any re-injury, and especially after surgery.
Although RICE can help to treat these symptoms, ice and inferior gel packs reach temperatures so low they can cause cryoburn, an ice burn on your skin. The problem is, up until now there hasn't been any other option to treat painful conditions and injuries with effective cold compression, so ice and blue gel packs (full of antifreeze and chemicals) have been the only choice up until now.
Fortunately you no longer have to settle for these ice cold methods that are uncomfortably cold against your skin, provide short term relief, cause ice burns, and numb your skin and underlying tissue beyond feeling so you don't even notice the ice burn until it's too late. You can also get rid of those cold packs that warm up soon after you pull them out of the freezer and gel that pools around your injury putting the short-term cold everywhere except for where you need it most - on your meniscus injury!
The Freezie Wrap® is the cold compression tool you need for your post-surgical recovery to treat yourself in an effective and convenient way.
When used on a Posterior Horn meniscus injury, our Freezie Wraps® provide:
- The highest-level of cold compression to quickly decrease pain, swelling, inflammation and draw the heat out of your knee.
- A tailored wrap that conforms perfectly around your knee.
- Effective cold compression that's unlike any other cold compression wrap out there.
- Cold temperatures that stay right over your meniscus injury for the entire length of your treatment.
- A home-based solution with consistent (daily) cold treatments that reduces swelling fast, decreases tissue damage after injury or surgery, and opens up the vessels in and around your meniscus to receive the blood flow circulation needed to heal quickly and naturally.
- Heavier, more substantial gel packs containing a special formulation of gel - called RigiGel®.
RigiGel® is our trademarked name for a unique gel formula that's made out of food-grade, non-toxic material which holds the cold for an extended period of time. This specially formulated gel also features non-migrating gel technology that makes our Knee Freezie Wrap® truly different from any other wrap available on the market.
RigiGel® is a patented formula that gives you:
- More cooling power per pound of gel than standard cold compression wraps.
- More gel than other wraps, meaning every time you put one on it will keep your knee cold for a longer period; pain relief is enhanced and swelling is better controlled.
Our special RigiGel® packs can be chilled in the fridge or freezer to tailor the amount of cold that you need for your injury. It doesn't matter how you cool it down, because our gel packs are chock full of gel that's designed to cool down into millions of tiny snowflakes. This method of cooling means our gel packs aren't icy-cold, just perfectly cold enough to give you the most effective cold compression available.
The cushioned gel will wrap around your knee and it won't budge for the entire treatment period. You'll no longer have to deal with annoying pooling around your knee or have to hold a hard block of ice on your injury!
Effective Cold Compression Therapy slows nerve and cell function - reducing the swelling that blocks blood vessels from doing their job.
This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood through the tissue and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells don't get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to your meniscus, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal meniscus injuries faster and with less pain! This is why you need to treat your meniscus injury as soon as possible, when you notice pain / swelling / inflammation, directly after a re-injury or surgery. Applying a Knee Freezie Wrap® right away will stop the damage immediately and unblock your blood vessels to let your body's natural blood flow in to start healing the tissue.
The Freezie Wrap® = Effective Cold Compression Therapy
It'll seem weird for you to read this, but there are a LOT of people out there that don't understand how fast cold compression with a Knee Freezie Wrap® can get the swelling / inflammation in your knee under control! After you get rid of the swelling for good you can start actually dealing with your meniscus injury and the healing needed.
Use a Cold Compression Knee Freezie Wrap®:
- 24 to 72 hours after your initial injury or when you first notice pain and swelling around your injured meniscus to stop cellular damage, relieve pain, and decrease swelling.
- After exercise, workouts or activity of any kind to prevent re-injury of your meniscus.
- Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to control pre and post-surgery pain and swelling.
- Anytime you feel your meniscus is making your knee feel tender, painful or you're having a flare-up of an old meniscus injury.
- Anytime you have swelling, sharp throbbing pain or inflammation.
- Any other situation where you need to draw the pain and inflammation out of your knee.
Step 2 - Improve Circulation, Soften Scar Tissue & Prevent Re-Injury with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™
There are a lot of people that think their meniscus injury is gone after their swelling and inflammation are gone and their knee feels better. They also make the mistake of returning to regular activities too soon without proper time for healing. The truth is that healing takes time and after the swelling is gone your meniscus injury isn't even close to being fully healed. If your meniscus tear is in the red-white zone it heals at an incredibly slow rate, as there is very little blood supply to that area naturally.
After the inflammation in and around your knee has been reduced, providing extra blood flow and strengthening the tissue in and around your meniscus is recommended. Believe it or not, the best time for you to focus on avoiding re-injury and strengthening the weakened tissue in your knee is when the swelling's gone and your meniscus has started to heal. It's vital that you don't go back to activities too soon because you might bring on a major setback in your recovery...
- Have you recently re-injured your meniscus by returning to your normal daily activities too quickly?
- How many times in the past have you aggravated your knee just trying to perform basic tasks around your house?
- Is your torn meniscus preventing you from work or activities you love to do?
If this sounds like you - You're not alone...
Most people we deal with tell us these scenarios have happened to them many times in the past. The real challenge is how to promote blood flow to your injured meniscus without causing further damage. This goal is even more complicated by the fact that you have to use your knee/leg for almost everything in everyday life.
Using Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®), will help with your post-surgical recovery. BFST® increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your soft tissue to nourish your knee, improving elasticity and decreased the rate of further degeneration.. This increased Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ to your damaged meniscus is greatly needed flush out the toxins and avoid re-injury once and for all.
The only way to get BFST® is through use of a Knee Inferno Wrap®.
The Knee Inferno Wrap® is the only treatment method that improves blood flow and circulation on a deep tissue level. Other methods of warming / heating tissue (hot water bottles, hot baths, etc) will only ever increase blood flow on a surface / skin level. These methods need a LOT of time to even reach your damaged meniscus on a deep tissue level. And even if you were to use them this long your skin would heat up to an uncomfortable level and it may even burn you.
The best source of heat treatment is from a product where you don't even feel that much heat. When you don't feel the heat, it means the therapy is working in your deep soft tissue which is really where you need it. It's kind of like how your heart works in your body. You can't "feel" your heart pumping blood all around your body to your arms and legs. You can't even hear your own heartbeat without listening very closely. This is exactly how deep tissue BFST® works too!
You're not supposed to "feel" a lot of heat because the heat isn't treating your skin, it's treating your meniscus, increasing the blood flow right where your injury is!
- When treating a complex tear in the lateral or medial meniscus tear or any soft tissue injury, an effective therapy will increase blood flow to the injury while your knee is immobile.
- The Knee Inferno Wrap® is the most highly effective blood flow stimulation device that you'll find on the market that is approved by the FDA for use in the home or hospital.
Regular treatments with a Knee Inferno Wrap® can reduce pain and stiffness from scar tissue and increase overall flexibility in your knee. Increased blood flow will whisk away damaged tissue, toxins, and any bacteria in or around your injured meniscus to promote more effective healing. Getting rid of toxins will allow all of the positive healing processes to start in your injury. Increasing blood flow will also increase the amount of oxygen that's being sent to your injured tissue AND boost your tissue's ability to absorb oxygen. (reference: 1)
How Does the Knee Inferno Wrap® Promote BFST®?
Every Inferno Wrap® contains a patented Energy Pad that's flexible and shaped to conform around your knee. The Energy Pad provides a uniform wave of healing electromagnetic energy over the entire treatment area. This energy travels deep inside your soft tissue to stimulate blood flow on the deep tissue level where it's needed to heal your injury. It's the electromagnetic energy provided provided by our Inferno Wraps® that's crucial to the healing process.
Electromagnetic energy is the only way to get your blood flow moving on a deep tissue level for these reasons:
- Electromagnetic energy waves are not heat waves.
- When emitted from the Inferno Wrap®, electromagnetic energy waves penetrate right through your skin and fat layers until they get to your damaged tissue.
- Once these energy waves reach your injured meniscus, they're absorbed and quickly converted into heat energy right at the location of your injury
- The idea of electromagnetic energy waves is slowly catching on in North American, but the truth is, it's a technology that's been used for decades
Many people just don't know that over the past 30 years, researchers in Japan and China have completed extensive studies on the use of electromagnetic energy for healing and their findings have been impressive. Success has been reported in studies from countries like Sweden and Germany. Research is continuing and soon, much of North American will know what the Far East and Europe has known for a long time...
Electromagnetic energy provides a wide range of health benefits for those not only suffering from a torn meniscus, but for many other soft tissue injuries as well.
Regular treatment with the electromagnetic energy in our Inferno Wraps® will ensure:
- Your pain will be reduced.
- Your injured meniscus will heal at an accelerated rate with reduced potential for re-injury.
- Your knee will have a larger range of motion and increased extensibility of collagen tissue in your joint and around your meniscus. (Chapter 9 of "Therapeutic Heat and Cold", 4th edition. (amazon.com link - Ed. Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin)
Electromagnetic Energy = Increased Blood Flow = More Oxygen, More Nutrients and Less Toxins = Faster Healing
Our Inferno Wraps® are uniquely patented designs that are better than other alternatives out there for more than just the electromagnetic energy they provide! Our wraps are made from medical-grade material - this should be as important to you as it is to us. Other products that are sold in stores are considered "consumer goods" meaning the material only needs to be as good as a sweater that you wear. Clothing articles like this don't need to meet high standards of production or materials and may include materials that irritate your skin.
Since our wraps are medical-grade products registered with the FDA, they are of a higher quality and need to meet way more standards for manufacturing (ISO 10993 - bio-compatibility testing). This makes our wraps the safest product to increase blood flow circulation.
Our manufacturer has spent years perfecting the wrap design to make sure you get the treatment you deserve!
Use A BFST® Knee Inferno Wrap®:
- After swelling and inflammation have been reduced with cold compression.
- Before exercise or workouts to warm up your knee to prevent re-injury.
- Before and after meniscus surgery, during rehabilitation, to warm up your knee before physical therapy exercising or stretching.
- Anytime you feel your knee has stiffened up, is tight and your mobility is reduced causing you more pain.
- Anytime you have sore or aching tissue in and around your knee.
- Any other situation where you need to increase blood flow to your meniscus to relax your soft tissue, relieve pain, prevent re-injury and enhance flexibility of your tissue.
Step 3 - Use the Knee-Flex® to Exercise At Home & Prevent Scar Tissue Build-Up
The final step in meniscus rehabilitation is stretching - this is a critical step for complete recovery from your meniscus tear!
When your meniscus is injured, stretching plays a huge role in treating your injury with or without surgery... This is especially true if you're immobilizing your knee after surgery with a cast, brace or by using crutches. Long-term immobilization of your knee can lead to massive amounts of scar tissue that stiffens all of the tissue in your knee causing your surrounding muscles to atrophy (waste away).
For many people stretching seems like a basic thing but you'd be surprised by how many people there are that don't understand the importance of stretching a meniscus injury, especially after surgery.
Each of your legs support an intense amount of weight everyday. When you suffer from a meniscus injury in your knee you're unable to support your own weight in the same way you used to. This can make simple tasks like walking or even standing extremely difficult for you. A full recovery from your meniscus injury (especially after surgery) depends on your commitment to stretching and strengthening exercises.
Physical therapists prescribe gentle stretching of these major joints in your legs before making the transition to crutches after surgery and as you recover from having to use immobilization tools like a knee brace. They don't prescribe this to annoy you - it's in fact the most important part of your recovery. You probably know someone that chose not to do any stretching - and they paid a high price for it. By not listening to their therapist (i.e. not stretching), there is a huge chance of re-injuring your meniscus or even getting a more serious injury than your original meniscus tear.
Ask any physical therapist and they'll tell you the key to a successful recovery is commitment to exercise at home!
It may seem hard to believe but it's true... Stretching is the secret of healing your meniscus with conservative treatment methods and after meniscus surgery. Consistent stretching is one of the only solutions to break up scar tissue that forms in your knee as it heals.
You can achieve safe, consistent, controlled knee movement and stretching with the Knee-Flex® Passive Meniscus Stretching Device. This device is designed to provide you with a sturdy track to move knee; allowing you to stretch out and elongate your ligaments, tendons and muscles, work out scar tissue in your knee and increase your overall flexibility / mobility.
Stretching is amazing for your joints and will bring your overall recovery and post-op rehab to a whole new level. Stretching with a Cold Compression Freezie Wrap® and BFST® Inferno Wrap® is even better!
The Knee-Flex® is a Special Design Created for People Just Like You
I spent a very long time searching for this treatment option to specifically aid in the recovery of knee injuries, like a torn meniscus. I was introduced to a carpenter (let's call him Paul) about 1 year ago. Paul had designed and created this device especially for his friend Earl that was trying to recover from a bad knee injury. The muscles, tendons and ligaments in and around his knee joint were seizing up from decreased use (immobility).
Earl was instructed by his doctor to put his foot in a plastic garbage bag while sitting. After his foot was in the bag, Earl was supposed to stretch his leg and strengthen his knee by sliding his foot forward and backward across the floor. Earl complained of the intense pain he felt when the bag would crease, fold over, and jerk his knee around with inconsistent movement. If Earl had continued down this path, he would've re-injured his knee and end up with even more serious injuries in his hip, lower back, thigh and foot!
Luckily for Earl, his friend Paul created the very first Knee-Flex® Passive Stretching Device. Earl's knee recovered 10 years ago, but Paul continues making more and more of the Knee-Flex® devices every year - mostly for therapy clinics and hospitals in Canada that keep asking for his Knee-Flex® Device.
This seemingly simple device has assisted in the recovery of thousands of patients that have suffered many various injuries. Once a patient is on the path to healing, this device assists the patient in making a fast and full recovery.
The Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretching Device helps with:
- Meniscus post-surgery rehabilitation efforts.
- Recovery from serious medial, lateral, bucket-handle, posterior horn and/or anterior horn meniscal injuries.
- Increasing flexibility in the tendons, ligaments (ACL, MCL, PCL, LCL) and muscles in and around your knee.
- Stretching out scar tissue that forms in your knee while your meniscus heals with or without surgery.
- Decreasing the stiffness in your knee.
- Preventing atrophy in surrounding soft tissue from your knee being immobilization.
The value of this device cannot be under-estimated.
The Knee-Flex® operates without the use of tension bands or any added force aside from the weight of your own leg. Basically, if you're on the road to recovery from a meniscus injury or recovering from surgery, this device is the first thing you would start using to gain flexibility back in your knee.
The Knee-Flex® = A Medical Grade Device Used by the Experts
The Knee-Flex® Passive Meniscus Stretching Device was created to allow your heel to slide smoothly in a controlled environment, minimizing the chance of re-injury and additional pain. Physical therapists encounter the same issues every day when attempting to work with people who are undergoing therapy from a serious meniscus injury or recovery from meniscus surgery. This is why most therapists in Canada instantly purchased these same devices for their own clinics and have been ordering this device for 10 years!
If you're recovering from serious pain, it allows a more controlled and comfortable method to stretch and strengthen your hip, knee, ankle, heel and foot as well as all of the soft tissue (tendons, ligaments, muscles) in your entire leg. The sliding mechanism is extremely smooth and durable, as well as linear - something that becomes very important in such cases.
The Knee-Flex® is an FDA Registered Medical Device and is suitable for repetitive, industrial usage in hospitals and therapeutic clinics. This device is deemed safe to use without medical assistance and is also available for use at home.
When used properly, the Knee-Flex® has a proven track record of assisting in the speedy recovery of many people suffering from meniscal tears. With regular use of the Knee-Flex® at home, you'll be able to:
- Build muscle strength around your knee for added support to your recovering meniscus.
- Increase hip, knee, ankle, heel and foot joint mobility and range of motion (ROM).
- Speed overall healing of your meniscus injury.
- Prevent soft tissue (tendon, ligament, muscle) loss (atrophy) around your knee.
- Improve soft tissue / muscular function and capability.
- Encourage overall knee joint flexibility.
- Facilitate a proper warm up for regular exercise.
- Promote healthy circulation in all of the joints in your leg (hip, knee, ankle, foot).
Knee-Flex® Stretching = The Best Way to
Deal With Scar Tissue
During the healing process your body will fill in tears in your soft tissue with brittle tissue called "scar tissue". This process is no different after you've had surgery to repair your meniscus. The human body will use scar tissue as a temporary solution and will try to build the scar tissue as fast as possible to heal the area. Scar tissue can form fast to bind everything together in your knee, but working fast doesn't mean that the job's done right. When scar tissue forms it doesn't come together as neatly as regular (healthy) soft tissue would. Scar tissue fibers will lay down over top of the damage in your knee in a cluttered, messy and jumbled up way.
Imagine throwing a bunch of drinking straws in the air... Those straws will land in a random, unorganized way. It seems silly to think that those straws could land perfectly straight and all in the same direction.
This is how scar tissue works. The scar tissue that forms on your meniscus will be unorganized and won't line up properly with the healthy tissue surrounding your meniscus. This scar tissue will also attach to everything around your meniscus (including the ACL, PCL, MCL and LCL ligaments). This can result in a long-term fusing together of your tissue that stiffens up your entire knee, reducing your mobility and making your meniscus injury even more painful!
This is why scar tissue is weak and only a temporary solution to heal your meniscus injury. Scar tissue is something that needs to be dealt with fast. If you try to get back into your regular daily activities after surgery with a mound of scar tissue in your joint you'll have a higher risk of re-injury. Scar tissue is just not built to withstand the pressures of regular activity.
If you have an injured meniscus with a lot of scar tissue and re-injure that tissue, even more scar tissue will grow to fill in those tears. If you keep falling into the dangerous cycle of re-injuring your meniscus without proper treatment you could end up with massive amounts of scar tissue in your joint. Your ability to move your affected joint in a normal way will be impaired as the amount of scar tissue increases.
The only solution to truly repair your meniscus injury for good is to break up scar tissue and avoid re-injury.
This can easily be achieved with regular use of the Knee-Flex®. This device provides a sturdy hardwood track with an easy gliding motion giving you the same stretch every time. Your movement is controlled reducing your risk of re-injury. The result is a consistent stretch that helps to break down your scar tissue and improve flexibility during your post-op recovery.
It may seem hard to believe, but our Freezie Wraps®, Inferno Wraps® and Knee-Flex® will assist you in recovering from your injury faster and reduce your chance of suffering from degenerative conditions (like arthritis) by maximizing blood flow where it's needed most and reducing swelling / inflammation induced pain.
Prevention and Promotion of Lifelong Health
If you want to avoid re-injury, or manage pain and increase circulation for lifelong health benefits. A Knee Freezie Wrap® and Inferno Wrap® will provide the results you are looking for.
Why spend time in pain, off from work, and missing out on your active lifestyle when you can be proactive about your injury and the health of your body? Talk to your doctor about incorporating a regular routine of using a Freezie Wrap® and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ into your everyday health regimen.
Call one of our AidMyMeniscus Advisers at no cost or obligation to address any lingering questions you have about using heat or cold for your meniscus injury - toll free 1-866-237-9608
Learn More About SUPERIOR Meniscal Injury Recovery Treatments
Learn more about how the Freezie Wrap® is designed to be the most effective cold compression wrap on the market today.
Learn more about how the Inferno Wrap® helps with the healing process.
Learn more about how the Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device promotes range of motion, increases joint strength and prevents degenerative changes to the knee.