Unheeded Meniscus Tear Cause Calcification!
Meniscus tears, generally known as athlete's disease, can be seen in anyone who has forced the knee in any way. Meniscus tear, which manifests itself with symptoms such as knee pain, swelling, etc.
Meniscus is one of the most frequently injured parts of the body. The meniscus is the cartilage in the middle of the knee joint. This structure is a tough, flat elastic texture. It covers the joint surface and supports it like a pillow. There are two meniscus in the knee, one on the inner part (inner meniscus) and one on the outer part (outer meniscus). Menisci are thin pads that exist in 'C' shape at the intersection of the two largest bones in the knee area. The rounded thighbone of the knee and the straight tibia have functions such as forming a harmonious joint, carrying the load, being able to rotate in many directions, and maintaining the balance of power between the thighbone and tibia. Meniscus tear may occur when your body turns strongly while your knees are slightly bent and loaded on it. Especially in advanced ages, the injury we call degenerate tear happens in this way.
Voices coming from the knee can be a sign of a tear!
Voices from inside the knee, the feeling of being stuck and locking may be the first signs of a tear. You will have pain in the knee joint. Swelling may occur in the knee joint immediately or after a few hours, depending on the meniscus area where the rupture is. You may not be able to bend or straighten your knee completely. Your knee may be locked or stuck at some point. Swelling may occur in the knee joint immediately or after a few hours, depending on the meniscus area where the rupture is. Swelling in the knee, limitation of movement, severe pain after a certain angle is a symptom of meniscus tear.
Meniscus tears should not be taken simply!
Early diagnosis is important in the diagnosis of meniscus. Seeing a doctor in a short time is the best choice, and the pain that comes with small blows to the knee should be taken seriously. Prolonged tearing of the cartilage and not receiving any treatment in return can cause cartilage damage and calcification in the knee. Likewise, it is very important to know the disease well. If deemed necessary during the treatment phase, MRI and diagnostic arthroscopy can be performed.
surgical method in permanent pain!
There are 4 important applications in the treatment of meniscus.
- Ice application
- Keeping the knee above the body
Along with all these treatment options, pain medication is recommended to relieve pain and swelling. Physical therapy and muscle strengthening exercises can be used. Due to the insufficient blood supply of the meniscus, there is no healing, especially in degenerated tears. In cases where the pain persists, surgical intervention is recommended. Although the removal of the ruptured meniscus is the most common method, such interventions result in the patient facing calcification and cartilage erosion problems. In non-degenerate tears, meniscal tears can be repaired arthroscopically. It takes time to load with open surgery. After arthroscopic meniscus tear excision, patients can walk within 3-5 hours and start sports within 1 month. Surgical intervention is required for complaints such as pain and stuck. Let's not forget that the meniscus is one of the primary tissues that prevents cartilage tissue erosion and calcification. Our general view is meniscus repair in young patients; the part that causes symptoms in elderly patients is arthroscopic removal of the meniscus.