Torn Cartilage (Meniscus Tear)
A torn cartilage is often called a torn meniscus. If you have sustained a torn cartilage injury to your knee, then you will have most likely have done it in the following manner. Your injury will have occurred whilst playing sport. At the time of the injury, all of your standing weight will have been placed on the leg that you injured. Your knee will have been slightly bent at the time. Then a twisting movement of your knee joint will have inflicted the injury. You will have experienced a sharp pain in your knee at that point.
Your knee will have developed a mild swelling in the hours following the injury. You may have found that you are unable to fully straighten your knee. That is because a piece of torn cartilage is blocking your knee joint from moving correctly. Your cartilage tear can be confirmed with an MRI scan.
If your cartilage tear is a mild one, then it may resolve itself without surgery. However, if you cannot straighten your knee, or the swelling is problematic, then you may need to seek surgical intervention. Keyhole surgery is the most common approach used. This will enable your surgeon to firstly determine the nature and extent of your cartilage injury. Your surgeon may then be able to undertake any repairs in the same procedure. However, some cartilage repairs require full surgery.
At the Pain Relief Clinic, our physical therapy approach consistently brings resolution to painful conditions and sport’s injuries. Our treatment is very successful treating acute injuries/painful flare-ups and also when treating chronic long-standing and stubborn conditions.
|Low Back Pain||Fibromyalgia||Torn Cartilage|
|Sciatica||Muscle Pain||Hip Pain|
|Leg Problems||Knee Pain||Tennis Elbow|
|Meniscus Tears||Headaches||Foot Pain|
|Achilles Tendonitis||Neck Pain||Arm Pain|
|Shoulder Pain||Plantar Fasciitis|
On your first consultation, we will take your full case history and also assess your painful condition/injury. Once we have identified the primary cause of your painful condition or injury we will address this by treating the appropriate area. Your treatment is usually carried out through light clothing and is primarily a hands-on treatment. Your session involves applying pressure to your muscles that have been identified as being problematic in order to return your muscle tissue to normality. The pressure applied can vary from light to deeper pressure. However, client comfort is paramount and the amount of pressure utilised is determined by your age and suitability. For example, the pressure utilised on a very old patient would be much lighter than that used on a strong rugby player in his twenties. In addition, some light work may also be carried out on your joints if necessary. You may also be given some home-exercises/home-care advice to help your recovery.
The usual changes that you will notice are:
- Reduced or eradicated pain
- Improved or restored full range of movement
- Daily activities that you had difficulty with, or were previously unable to do now become much easier.
“I couldn’t do any sort of training, and my knees were extremely painful. Some days I couldn’t even walk in the mornings. My pain was so bad I had to take time off work. Now, after treatment, I’m back running 40K a week and looking forward to competing the limerick marathon this summer. Morning pains are gone, knees are strong and I don’t have any hesitation putting them through their paces when I’m doing a workout. Found the service to be excellent. I was diagnosed quickly and understood my injury. Tony is well informed and has a variety of treatments and a wealth of experience to use, which he does successfully. I have referred friends and they have all had equally positive experiences.”
Alan Andrews, Raheen, Limerick
The Pain Relief Clinic is situated above O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy in O’Connell Avenue in Limerick City with street parking adjacent. You can choose between morning-time, afternoon and evening visits.
Hi, my name is Tony Phelan & I’m a Registered Physical Therapist. I travel to the United States annually for advanced training which ensures that you avail from some of the best physical therapy approaches practiced in the world today in our Limerick City practice.
Your session is also covered by VHI, LAYA (formerly Quinn Healthcare), Hibernian Health Aviva and GloHealth. Your session also qualifies for MED-1 Form tax refund.
Take steps towards effectively treating your painful condition or injury by calling us today to book your appointment in Limerick on (061)467940 or (087)6250992. We look forward to seeing you and I hope that you enjoyed the information article.