Dear MendMeShop,

I've had the Inferno Wrap for knees just one week. I could feel a big difference in just a few days. It seemed like surgery was the only option, but now I'm pretty sure my knees will heal. I'm using it faithfully 2-3 x/day. Amazing! Your telephone support was excellent too. I called before the wraps arrived, and was given good information and guidance. Thank you!! Virginia

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Virginia Bates


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More Meniscus Injury Facts:

Cold compression is the easiest and most effective treatment for minor meniscus injuries.


Left untreated, meniscus injuries can be extremely debilitating and lead to life long complications.


In older people whose menisci are more likely to be worn down, a tear can result from even a very minor injury.


To heal as fast as possible:

  • Rest
  • Use a cold compression wrap to reduce pain, swelling.
  • Use BFST treatments to accelerate the body's natural healing.
  • Avoid pain killers
  • Once swelling is reduced and healing has begun, start stretching the injured joint.(stretching=good, straining=bad)

 

Dear MendMeShop,

As usual, I'm quite thrilled with the latest MendMeShop products that I've purchased. After suffering an injury to my meniscus, my knee is much better after using the Knee Inferno Wrap and the Knee Freezie Wrap for the past four weeks.

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Rod Whaley


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Dear MendMeShop,

I still am amazed at how the inferno wrap helped! I don't remember if I told you this, but about 20 years ago I had orthoscopic surgery on my knee. It never got back to normal. Lost a lot of flexibility in that knee and suffered with pain mostly at night. Thought it was arthritis. It felt out of joint and I was painful to straighten it at night. And when I would get up out of bed or after sitting for awhile I would have to "ease" into position to be able to walk on it. Last fall, I injured my knee in the garden. It was very painful to bear weight on it. In fact I was scooting around the house in an office chair on wheels. The doctor said the 'popping' in my knee was due to out-of-place ligament from the orthoscopic surgery. I started using the inferno wrap and ice wrap alternatively and still can't believe how fast my knee heeled. I no longer use either. About a week ago I started doing water aerobics and it feels soooo good! I do have a lot of arthritis, and it's bone-on-bone. However the pain in straightening that knee is no longer there! All those years of pain seem more like a bad dream! It's wonderful to be able to get up from sitting and move freely! Now my goal is to strengthen my knee with exercise. Thank you so much for the wraps!

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Margret Barnett


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Diagnosing a Meniscus Injury

how to find out what is causing your knee pain

This step of knowing what type of meniscus injury you are suffering from is key to your recovery!

Your doctor or orthopedic surgeon will be able to test whether you have a meniscus injury and then will determine what type you have through a variety of tests. It is more difficult to diagnose a lateral meniscus tear than a medial meniscus tear because of its tear shape and location and it may go unnoticed until it is much larger.

To help your doctor achieve a proper diagnosis, he/she will begin with a medical history about you, your current condition and symptoms. The intensity of your pain, the how long you have had your symptoms and the limitations you are experiencing. Details about what and when it started, and whether or not you have ever had treatments (for this or a similar condition in the past) are very helpful in discovering your injury.

Common Meniscus Physical Examinations
knee pain and a visit to your doctor

Tears of the meniscus can be divided into two groups; those in which there is locking and the diagnosis is clear, and those in which locking is absent and the more difficult to diagnosis.

A physical exam will be performed to determine if you have any signs of a meniscus tear or possibly another knee injury. Your doctor will visually assess and palpate (feel) the bones and soft tissue in and around both of your knees to evaluate symmetry and spot any differences. This will identify abnormalities such as inflammation, bone deformity, and atrophied muscles. He/she will press on the injured side of your knee joint to test for point tenderness and help determine the location of your injury or tear. He/she may ask you to complete a series of knee and leg movements such as moving your knee from a straight to bent position (or vice versa), or rotating your knee to see what motions cause pain, weakness, instability and/or grinding, catching, popping or locking. Your knee will also be inspected for fluid, swelling and warmth.

knee pain and a visit to your doctor

McMurray's Test is performed while you lie flat on your back. The doctor will hold your knee with one hand and your ankle in the other. He/she will lift your knee slightly while flexing it to a 45 degree angle. The doctor will feel the medial joint line while pulling your leg toward him/her and rotating your knee. The knee is then brought from full flexion to 90 degrees. If you feel a click during this movement the test is positive; you have a meniscus injury.

Joint Line Tenderness is simply performed by applying pressure over the meniscus area while you are laying flat on your back. If pain occurs, the test is considered positive.

Ege's Test is performed while you are standing and putting weight on your knees. You begin by standing with your feet 8-10 inches apart. To test the lateral meniscus the doctor will ask you to turn your feet and knees in as far as possible; for medial meniscus tests, you turn your feet and legs out fully. In the appropriate position, you will then squat down and stand up slowly. If you experience pain and/or a clicking sensation (you may even hear it) when your knees are at approximately 90 degrees, the test is considered positive and a meniscus tear is suspected.

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Common Meniscus Tear Diagnostic Tests

A medical professional will sometimes recommend 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-ray of the knee

X-rays will provide an image of the overall structure of your knee. It is helpful in identifying abnormal bone shapes, fractures, arthritis, and degeneration (wear and tear) within the joint. It can identify a discoid meniscus, or loose bones and bone abnormalities that may mimic a torn meniscus.

CAT scans (or CT - computerized tomography) can be used to provide a 3-dimensional assessment of the bones and soft tissues in and around your knee joint and may be used to identify a meniscus tear.

Meniscus tear image

MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging) will provide more detailed information and will help to evaluate the soft tissues in and around your knee joint (muscles, tendons, ligaments, menisci, other connective tissues). It can identify ligament and meniscal damage, and help to determine the extent of your injury, the displacement and degree of your tear, fluid on your knee, a discoid meniscus, ACL or MCL tear, and/or other associated conditions.

The type of test recommended will depend on your symptoms and the opinion of your medical professional. Other methods such as electromyogram or arthroscopic surgery can be used to determine the degree and location of your meniscus tear if required.

Describing a Meniscal Tear

The severity of your meniscus tear will vary depending on which meniscus is injured and the location, type and shape of the tear. In this information will be very helpful in your process of recovery and helping you decide if you surgery may be the next chapter in your knee injury recovery. The most common locations for meniscus injury are in the posterior horn and longitudinal tears. (source: Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics)

Tear Location - Meniscus Surgery or Natural Healing?

Blood supply to the injured area is critical to healing! Where the tear is located will in part rule its ability to heal. The fibrocartilage of the meniscus has limited blood flow compared to other soft tissue in the body. This can make it difficult for the body to heal a meniscus tear on its own.

The amount of blood vessels throughout the meniscus varies and can be broken into the 3 zones:

  • red zone (outer portion of the meniscus that is vascular)
  • middle body (central part with fewer blood vessels)
  • white zone (inner third containing no blood vessels)
Tears in the red zone have the best chance of healing because they have more access to blood supply.

Meniscus tear blood supply zones

Red-on-Red meniscus tear is in the red zone (the outer part of your meniscus and knee joint). Both sides of the tear are in tissue that receives a good supply of blood; as a result it experiences a quick healing rate.

Red-on-White meniscus tear is between the red zone and the middle (includes the outside rim and center portion of your meniscus). This type of meniscus tear heals slowly, as the outer edge of the tear generally receives good blood supply and the inner part of the tear doesn't. Surgeons will often suture when a tear occurs in this zone to assist with healing.

White-on-White meniscus tear is in the white zone (the middle and inner part of your meniscus). This area of the meniscus receives little blood supply and has a poor healing rate. A bucket handle tear in the white-on-white zone is usually removed surgically as healing is very unlikely.

Tear Types: Your knee joint can also be divided into the anterior horn (mobile, curved portion at front of meniscus), the posterior horn (less mobile, curved portion at back of the meniscus) and the body (middle section of the meniscus, thicker on outside and thinner on the inside). There are 3 types of meniscal tears you can experience in these locations:

Meniscus tear

A partial meniscus tear (partial thickness in depth - meniscus still remain attached) tends to be smaller and more stable because it stays connected to the front and back of your knee and doesn't move about freely. Depending on the location, a partial tear can heal well with non-invasive methods.

A complete meniscus tear (full thickness - tissue separates from your meniscus and tear goes all the way through) tends to be larger and less stable because it hangs by a thread of cartilage. The torn part moves about in your joint which can lead to further complications and damage if not treated.

Degenerative meniscus tears have frayed edges on the inner rim, where the meniscus is thinnest, which can eventually tear in multiple directions and can lead to a completely degenerated meniscus. A piece in the body of the meniscus often moves about in your joint.

We are more than happy to help you heal your knee tendinitis injury with conservative treatment options such as BFST and ColdCure Technology

We have tools that will help you to prevent and treat the symptoms of meniscus related injury When it comes to your injured knee, 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.

There is no cost or obligation to this service.

Why wait? Call today and get on the road to recovery faster than ever before!

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Meniscus Tear Shapes

The shape of your meniscus tear is important because it will help determine the type of treatment you receive; some tears will heal without surgery, some can be treated surgically and some can't be fixed. Tears come in many shapes and sizes, however there are 3 basic shapes for all meniscal tears: longitudinal, horizontal, and radial. If these tears are not treated, they may become more damaged and develop a displaced tear often referred to as a bucket handle tear (longitudinal), flap tear (horizontal) or parrot beak tear (radial). Complex tears are a combination of two or more of these basic shapes with damage occurring in more than one direction and depth.

Longitudinal Tear (Circumferential Tear)

A longitudinal tear extends lengthwise, following the collagen fibers that run parallel to the contour of the meniscus. This tear does not go all the way through the meniscus and it divides your meniscus into an inner and outer section; however the tear generally never touches the outer rim of the meniscus. It tends to be more medial than lateral and results from repeated movements. It generally starts as a partial tear in the posterior horn, which can sometimes heal on its own.

Longitudinal tears and more severe displaced bucket handle tear

If a longitudinal tear doesn't heal properly it can lead to a displaced tear, known as a bucket handle tear. This is a complete tear that goes all the way through and never touches the inner rim of your meniscus. There is a risk that the handle may flip over and can catch on the femur, locking the joint and increasing pain. This tear accounts for 10% of all meniscus tears, and causes your knee to lock in flexion. It is seen most often in young athletes, and happens in conjunction with 50% of ACL injuries.

Horizontal Tear (Cleavage Tear)

A horizontal tear starts as a horizontal split deep in your meniscus. This tear divides your meniscus into a top and bottom section (like a sliced bun). It is often not visible and moves from the posterior horn or mid section to the inside of your meniscus. Horizontal tears are rare and often start after a minor injury from rotation or degeneration. It occurs most often in your lateral meniscus but however it is noted in both menisci.

Horizontal tear and more severe displaced horizontal flap tear

A displaced horizontal flap tear can develop if your tear is overlooked or left alone. This type of tear is horizontal on the surface of your meniscus and creates a flap that flicks when your knee moves. It is a result of a strong force that tears your meniscus from the inner rim; it can easily become a complex tear if left untreated. Often, the flap is trimmed away during surgery to prevent further tearing. Since the periphery of the meniscus is not compromised and there is enough tissue left to heal, the cushioning function of the meniscus is maintained. If this tear extends from the apex of your meniscus to the outer rim, you may develop a meniscal cyst (a mass that develops from a collection of synovial fluid along the outside rim of the meniscus).

Radial Tear (Free-Edge Transverse Tear)

A radial tear starts as a sharp split along the inner edge of your meniscus and eventually runs part way or all the way through your meniscus, dividing it into a front and back section (across the middle body instead of down the length). This tear generally occurs between the posterior horn and middle section and is seen frequently in your lateral meniscus.

Radial tear and more severe Parrot's Beak tear

A small tear is difficult to notice, but when it grows and becomes a complete tear it will open up and look like a part is missing. This is called a Parrot's Beak tear (displaced radial tear with a curved inner portion). It generally occurs in the thicker portion of your lateral meniscus. As it gets larger, it will catch or lock more frequently, and prevent your meniscus from protecting the articular cartilage during weight bearing. This tear is the result of a traumatic event or forceful and repetitive stress activities and it is often associated with other injuries such as ACL tears. Young athletes tend to suffer from combination tears called radial/parrot beak tears (the meniscus splits in 2 directions).

To learn about conservative home treatments options for meniscus injuries or other soft tissue knee injuries visit our meniscus treatment page.

Prevention and Promotion of Lifelong Health

get back to your daily life with heal and pain relief from MendMeShop

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.

Learn more about how the Knee Freezie Wrap® is designed to be the most effective cold compression wrap on the market today. More about how the Knee Inferno Wrap® helps with the healing process.


 
 


Meniscus Injury Facts:

Knee injuries are very common, meniscus injuries occur in most sports, but most commonly occur in contact sports.


Meniscus Injuries often occur in combination with ligament injuries, particularly when the medial meniscus is involved.


Injury to the medial meniscus is about 5 times more common than injury to the lateral meniscus.


Oral medications can mask the pain but do not aid in the healing of meniscus injuries. Anti-inflammatories and pain killers can cause meniscus injuries to worsen.

 

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WOW! I'm certain that I'm going to be "hard pressed" to fully explain just how "GREAT" my personal experience has been with MendMeShop. I'm in my mid 50's......(really?....it ain't ALL that old!)........and have had many injuries in my past. The "main" injury, that caused me to seek out the information that resulted in my finding these great folks, is my right knee. I tore the meniscus, way back "yonder" in 1973. Over the years I have managed to do MORE and more damage to BOTH of my knees. WHY? Well it's because I used to "Steer Wrestle" (bulldogging). I'm here, now, to tell you that when you jump off of a running horse.....onto a running 500 pound steer.....STOP this steer, and "throw" him to the ground, well.......it's HARD on the knees!
I've had four surgeries on my right knee, and two on the left, to repair torn meniscus, ACL, and other conditions. I shattered my right ankle, in a truck/wild hog accident, in 1975, and have several screws in that one. In 1978, I shattered my right wrist....and have 3 screws in it! Over the years, I've managed to break (according to my Doc.) about 70% of the bones in this tired old body!
I ordered the Knee Inferno Wrap. This was after I re-injured my knee and was slated for surgery. Now....as a rancher, the busiest time of the year is between January 1st, and December 31st! Sometimes it is a bit more busy during the spring, summer, and fall! I simply could NOT afford to be "off" my feet for a month. So.....I limped around on crutches for several weeks and was trying to "get by" until possibly November, or so. It just so happened, that I decided to look on the Internet for some kind of "fix", and found the MendMeShop website. The rest is history!
After placing the order, I made several calls, to some Veterinarian buddies, and asked their opinion about this type of treatment. Every one of them gave me a positive report. I was extremely pleased with the shipment time. I think I had my equipment in about five days.....and I live in South Texas. That's a long ways from Canada. I started treatments immediately! Now, let me tell you this, "I can't explain "HOW" this results happened as quick as it did, BUT..... after the third treatment ... I walked out to my truck without the crutches!" That happened on the second day, in the evening! After another week and a half, I had almost ZERO pain, and NO limp! Amazed? It's like a miracle happened!
I will go so far as to say this, "If the folks at MendMeShop would allow me to buy into their business.....I WOULD!" I believe in this company with every fibre of my being. I can NOT say enough positive "stuff" about this Company and the people that operate it! They are as friendly as Texans, (that's saying something, right there folks!) and their products perform like they say! The equipment is very well built.....their guarantee is exceptional......and the price is extremely reasonable! BUT! Above all, IT WORKS! It's been about six weeks and no pain! Now, I'm not looking forward to another injury, although I know that will happen, but now..... I'm prepared! Bring it on!
One last thing, did I mention that my experience with MendMeShop was a 100% positive experience? When you talk to these folks, you'll soon learn that too! In fact, you have my word that if you use these products, for what they are intended, you will be 100% satisfied also. In my honest opinion, you'll be well satisfied...as I am!

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Dear MendMeShop,

I also wanted to thank you so much for something you casually mentioned. In an email, you mentioned that I might want to look into a test to see if I had one leg shorter than the other because my knee pain was gone. Guess what- you were RIGHT! I went to an orthopaedic specialist who focuses on the foot and ankle. He was very casual and said I was healing fine. I insisted that he send me to someone who could make a brace of some sort. I can see that the same problem (posterior tibial tendonitis) was going to return if we did not get to the root of the problem. I insisted that he at least send me to a person. Fortunately, he sent me to a certified Orthodist. She found a slight discrepency in my right foot. (That's the one with the cast on it.) She is getting new orthodics for me- PLUS I asked about a brace that could keep my feet from over pronating. The Orthopaedic specialist said he could put me in an Arizona brace. I was molded for the brace yesterday. I truly appreciate your suggestion. No other doctor would have thought to check into it. I am now swimming and have no more pain in the right ankle. You have been a true blessing to me- in more ways than you will ever know. I know God had you pick up the phone when I called. Again- THANKS for your kindness and expert advice. Don't forget to send me a link so I can write a review. Now I am on my way to being healthy again.

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A Williams


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Dear MendMeShop,

I am very happy with the purchase of the Shoulder and Knee Freezie Wraps! Including the extra packs always ensures I have a cold one ready to go. Thanks In advance.

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