Meniscus Treatments at Home -
What You Can Do!
The good news is that most minor meniscus injuries will heal with simple home conservative treatments and surgery is often not needed!
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.
- Cold Compression - Immediate cold compression (using the Knee Freezie Wrap®) will allow you to manage 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.
Some small meniscus tears have no symptoms at all and may disappear on their own. Other less severe or non-complex tears will subside with conservative treatments, especially if your knee is stable and doesn't lock. These tears are often located on the outer edges of your meniscus.
It is the blood in your body that heals and repairs damage to your tissue. By transporting oxygen and nutrients to the damaged tissue and flushing away dead cells, your blood helps your body to heal itself. Unfortunately, when a meniscus injury occurs and you have knee pain you need to prevent further injury and rest the area to allow it to heal. By resting, you actually limit the flow of blood and slow the healing process. The trick is to slow tissue damage, reduce scar tissue, and generate blood flow to speed healing and prevent further damage.
Other Conservative Treatment Methods can be Risky
In some cases, physicians may recommend drugs or medications like NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to manage pain and inflammation. Alternative medications like cortisone injections will reduce your pain, but a greater cost. The cortisone reduces your inflammation, the same inflammation increases the blood supply that is trying to heal the damaged meniscus tissue. You will be turning off the healing power to the meniscus.
"Medical evidence shows that cortisone shots can damage the surrounding tissue, fray the tendons, and even trigger a rupture. Most side effects are temporary, but skin weakening (atrophy) and lightening of the skin (depigmentation) can be permanent. The long-term side effects also include elevation of blood pressure, thinning of bones (osteoporosis) and a rare but serious damage to the bones of the large joints (avascular necrosis)." (reference: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Webmd.com)
One major side effect of repeated cortisone shot treatment is degeneration of cartilage in the knee joint. This itself is the fact, many doctors will limit the number of cortisone shots that you are allowed to have. Unless you have a chronic inflammatory condition like rheumatoid arthritis, you will be limited to a maximum treatment of 4 cortisone shots to the same area of your body. The benefits of cortisone shots are also known to reduce after each injection that you have because your body gets used to the synthetic solution.
(source: American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and Mayo Clinic)
There are risks associated with regular use of a knee brace, especially if the brace you are using is not a custom fitted/design. If you are using a standard or "off the shelf" knee brace then it is possible that the brace is not the right size, positioned incorrectly on your knee, or even causing more damage to your injury. Knee braces can also feel heavy or bulky at first if you are not used to wearing one. It is possible that you may not feel the benefits of wearing a knee brace for a month, or however long it takes for you to feel comfortable wearing your brace. Skin irritation can also occur under the brace depending on the breath-ability of the material you are using for your knee brace and the overall fit. One important thing to be aware of is the amount of restriction you are placing on your knee while wearing a knee brace. Too much restriction in movement for an extended period of time can result in stiffness of your joint, chronic pain, or wasting away of the ligaments, tendons and muscles in your knee and leg.
Ice Compression Therapy
Your natural pain reliever - Freezie Wrap®
Using a simple conservative treatment such as cold compression therapy to treat of your meniscus injury. Well reduce the swelling to "open up" the area for more blood flow. It also works by slowing nerve and cell function in the knee. This is important because once blood vessels are damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood to the meniscus and tissue cells begin to break-down. Anyone in the health-care business knows that your blood supplies the oxygen and much needed nutrients required to heal any soft tissue injuries. This is why for years doctors, trainers and other medical professional have recommended RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to treat the pain and swelling of fresh injuries, chronic pain, and after any re-injury.
Although RICE can help to treat these symptoms, ice and freezer 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, so ice and blue gel packs (full of anti-freeze 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, numb your skin and underlying tissue beyond feeling so you don't even notice the ice burn until it's too late and pool around your injury putting the cold everywhere except for where you need it most.
A Freezie Wrap® allows you to treat your tendon in an effective and convenient way. Our Freezie Wraps® will wrap around your knee keeping the cold right over your knee injury for the entire length of your treatment. Our food-grade, non-toxic gel 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. 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 injury or have to hold a hard block of ice on your knee!
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 any soft tissue injuries faster and with less pain! This is why you need to treat your knee pain right after it's hurt, when you notice pain / swelling / inflammation, or directly after a re-injury. Applying a 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.
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 dealing with your knee injury and pain head on.
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Inferno Wrap® Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™
Once inflammation and swelling have been reduced in your knee, nourishing, strengthening and improved healing the tissue in your joint is the goal. Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®) promotes blood flow to the treatment area bringing the necessary oxygen and nutrients to your meniscus and other weakened tissue. BFST® speeds up the body's natural repair process for faster healing and stronger tissue.
Remember, the meniscus is cartilage and does not receive much blood flow naturally and when you rest your knee, you are not creating the natural blood flow your knee usually receives. With the use of Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ you can increase your body’s blood supply to the knee and healing power.
In addition, the fresh blood flow whisks away dead cells and toxins (including lactic acid, commonly found in trigger points) that have built up from the injury leaving the area clean and better prepared for healing. Our Knee Inferno Wrap® provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief with no side effects.
Keeping your knee as healthy and strong as possible throughout the healing process will allow you to get back to your regular activities faster. The Knee Inferno Wrap®, available exclusively from MendMeShop®, provides effective, non-invasive, non-addictive pain relief and healing with no side effects.
The benefits of BFST® do not end once your knee pain stops! Even when your meniscus has healed, your activities can put your knee at risk of an overuse injury, tightness, or another tear. An Inferno Wrap® treatment before activity is an easy way to warm up the knee tissues and prepare them for use. Then, end your day with another treatment to prevent tightness from setting in overnight. This incredible healing tool will be the ticket to healthy knees for years to come!
During your recovery, you will probably have to modify and/or eliminate any activities that cause pain or discomfort in your knee area until your pain and inflammation settle. With these therapies you will notice great improvement within a few weeks, with most meniscus patients seeing some improvement quickly. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results. If you start using your knee before it has a chance to heal properly (even though it may feel better), you can end up doing a lot more damage than good!
The only way to get BFST® is through use of a Knee Inferno Wrap®. The 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 the tendons in your knee 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 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 peroneal tendon increasing the blood flow right in your tendon tissue.
The Knee Inferno Wrap® is the only product available anywhere that offers BFST® AND a thin, flexible Energy Pad (heating element) that conforms around your knee. This Energy Pad also provides consistent, uniform heat all around your knee to increase blood flow in the entire joint.
Our Knee Inferno Wrap® is 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 for heating treatment. Our manufacturer has spent years perfecting the wrap design to make sure you get the treatment you deserve!
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Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device
One of the most important tasks you will be required to complete by our doctor or physical therapist is stretching your knee after injury. 'Working' the tissue, strengthen the tendons, ligaments but the key ingredient is increasing blood flow to the area. The meniscus is a very blood starved area and exercising the area will allow extra blood flow into the tissue. The new flush of blood also helps clear away any dead cells and waste inside the joint.
Scar tissue develops as part of the healing process. Even when you're injured and in pain you need to keep moving to break-up scar tissue. Regular movement can increase healthy range of motion (ROM) of your knee, guaranteeing you a speedier recovery process and return to regular activities. Moving when you're injured is hard. Since moving while injured can be painful most people think it's better to stop moving, rest their knee and hope that their knee injury will heal all on its' own. Even though rest is important to recovery, too much rest during the recovery process will increase the amount of scar tissue in your knee.
During the healing process your body will fill in tears in your tendons and ligaments with dense, brittle tissue called "scar tissue". 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 a tears in the soft tissue. Scar tissue can form fast to bring together the edges of a tear, 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) tendon/ligament tissue would. Scar tissue fibers will lay down over top of your tear in a cluttered, messy and jumbled up way.
Imagine throwing a bunch of drinking straws in the air... When those straws hit the ground they will land in a random, unorganized way. It even 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 in your knee soft tissue will be unorganized and won't line up properly with the healthy tissue surrounding the tear. This scar tissue will also attach to everything in and around your knee injury including the surrounding healthy tissue as well. This can result in a long-term fusing together of your tendon that stiffens your knee reducing your mobility and making your injury even more painful! Using the Knee-Flex® will help you heal and ensure your tissue is strong and healthy!
An untreated Meniscus injury leads to degenerative changes in the knee!
Complete or large part removal of a meniscus in surgery changes to way your knee functions. The tissues and bones starts to brake down it it may become chronic. Anyone suffering for degenerative knee condition can benefit for daily use of a Knee-Flex®! Why, it's in your blood to heal, chronic conditions leave your knee in a painful and sometime swollen state. You become stiff and find it difficult to move your knee even for the simples thing. A simple task of using the passive stretching daily with a device such as a Knee-Flex® has been known to decrease rheumatoid arthritis significant pain and slow down the rate of joint degeneration (source Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology)
Inflammatory response diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis have been known to leave you with 'morning stuffiness'. The constant build-up of inflammation in the tissue and joint blocks the cells with waste matter. Your are left with the muscles and joint become weakened and your knee and leg feeling 'drained of energy'. Simply increasing the elasticity of your muscles, tendons and ligaments with passive stretching you can change the over all health of your knee joint. Stretching your tissues daily increases blood flow to flush out the toxins inside the knee joint, and you have reduced knee pain. (source US National Library of Medicine)
It is already proven to be highly valued by Canadian physical therapists as a major recovery tool for patients suffering from meniscus injuries, knee ligament injuries and post knee-surgery recovery.
The value of this device cannot be underestimated. Anyone suffering from true knee pain knows the importance of flexing the knee joint smoothly and without excessive load. The Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device operates without the use of tension bands or any added force aside from the weight of your own leg. If you are recovering from a serious knee injury or post-surgery, this device is the first thing you would use to start gaining flexibility back in the knee joint.
As you slowly start to use the Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device more frequently, you should find that your knee recovery will accelerate as well. The increased joint flexing will help your knee connective tissue to regain elasticity; the motion will increase blood flow to the recovering injury as well, aiding in the healing process. The Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device is what lies between bedridden immobility and crutches. Using crutches too quickly can be detrimental to your recovering knee, as many patients can certainly attest. A quick slip on the crutch can easily result in your bad knee bearing your full body weight, often causing a worse re-injury or perhaps a fall.
Physical Therapy is a beneficial way to help decrease pain in the soft tissues, restore atrophied muscles and improve knee and leg strength and mobility. The type of physical therapy and the duration will be dependent on the extent of your meniscus injury.
Gentle massage around the injured knee area or small flexing or extending knee movements (if not painful) will also help increase blood flow, oxygen, nutrients, and will prevent stiffness.
Once your pain starts to diminish, a physiotherapist will set up an individualized knee and leg strengthening and stretching exercise program for you to perform at home or in the gym. This will be based on your needs and abilities, and will help you return to performing your normal routines. Individuals will often exercise or lift weights on their own to try and build up their strength; however in doing so, they can do more damage. It is extremely important to strengthen your muscles properly, as they may have weakened during the period of non-use. A trained therapist will help to ensure your rehabilitation process is effective. For best, long-term results use physical therapy along with an exercise program.
Once your therapist has recommended stretching exercises for the knee, you will find that the Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device is one of the most widely used methods of knee rehabilitation that can be used in your own home. To learn more about the Knee-Flex® click here.
There are also alternative forms of physical therapy geared to your lifestyle, condition and/or if you have had a surgical procedure done. Some common forms of physical therapy include:
Active Physical Therapy - Stretching, range of motion, strengthening and pain-relief exercises specifically intended to improve the function of your knee. It is common, when suffering a meniscus injury, for physical therapists to also recommend exercises for your hamstring and quadriceps muscles. Your physical therapist is hoping that strengthening these areas will reduce the amount of weight placed on your knee and increase the level of assistance the rest of your leg gives your knee during movement.
Passive Physical Therapy - Treating pain, swelling or increase circulation before and/or after active physical therapy. Some passive physical therapy techniques your physical therapist will use include massage or manual manipulation, temperature therapy (warming or cooling of your tissue) or use of clinical devices such as an electrical stimulator or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) or Therapeutic Ultrasound.
Post-Surgical Rehabilitation - After your meniscus surgery, your orthopaedic surgeon and a physical therapist will provide you with a specific treatment plan for your rehabilitation. This will consist of a timeline detailing conservative treatments intended to relieve pain and stimulate healing, as well as specific physical therapy milestones for strengthening your knee and regaining full movement.
Aquatic physical therapy provides the same benefits of regular physical therapy, and focuses on improving knee function, endurance and flexibility as well as overall balance, coordination, posture, and muscle strength. This type of physical therapy provides exercise and training in a pool setting that reduces the amount of weight placed on your knee while creating resistance for simple movement.
Athletic or sports therapy is geared toward sports-related injuries, especially if you are an athlete of any kind and wish to return to your sport or athletic training as soon as possible after injury or surgery. Therapy of this kind can be explored both before and after surgery, or can be used to avoid surgery altogether. With these treatments, a physical or athletic therapist will take you through full rehabilitation by designing a program that will focus on increasing strength, endurance and agility specific to the sport that you play. Exercise and stretching regimen may be accelerated to return you to sport sooner, and some drills may be created to ease your body back into athletic performance.
Occupational Therapy - There are many forms of occupational therapy, but these treatments generally consist of focused therapy meant to gradually return you to your normal, daily living conditions. In most cases, this means creating a transitional period during your rehabilitation so you may return to your work or job. This is definitely the case if your knee injury has occurred through an acute or chronic event related to your occupation. For this type of therapy your physical or occupational therapist will provide exercises and activities that will prepare you for the activity of your job (if it is physically demanding). Your therapist may even assess your work environment to make sure you are using proper equipment and your working conditions are conducive of your knee healing completely and preventing re-injury.
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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®, Inferno Wrap®, and Knee-Flex® 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®, Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ and Knee-Flex® Passive Knee Stretch Device 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.