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How to Mend Your Meniscus Injury

Updated on October 25, 2012

A meniscus injury (also known as a cartilage tear, medial meniscus tear, lateral meniscus tear, acute meniscal tear, and discoid meniscus) is one of the most common knee injuries and the menisci tend to get injured during movements that forcefully twist your knee while bearing weight. The menisci also tend to grow weaker with age and can tear as a result of minor injuries or movements.


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The Menisci

What are the Menisci & How Do They Function?

The menisci in your knee are crescent shaped wedges that are similar to shock absorbers and are located under the medial and lateral condyles of the femur - or the bumpy knobs at the bottom of your thigh bone. The menisci serve as cushions between your femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) to decrease stress caused by weight bearing and forces on the knees. As weight is applied to the meniscus they are compressed and are forced to extend out from between the femur and tibia.

The menisci essentially aid in distributing the weight of your body across the knee joint as you walk, run and jump. They also lubricate and protect the articular cartilage in your knee from wear and tear, stabilize your knee when you slide and turn, and limit extreme knee flexion and extension.

There are 2 menisci in your knee joint - the medial meniscus which is located on the inside of your knee and the lateral meniscus which is located on the outside of your knee.

The medial meniscus is c-shaped and approximately 3.5cm in length. It is not directly connected to a muscle, but helps your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) stabilize your knee and absorb 50% of the load applied to the inside of your knee. The medial meniscus is quite inflexible and does not move freely in the joint; therefore it is typically torn more frequently than the lateral meniscus.

The lateral meniscus is o-shaped and covers a large portion of the tibia. This meniscus is much more mobile and does have a muscular connection to a tendon in your knee. It typically moves freely in the joint and absorbs 80% of the load applied to the outside of your knee. This meniscus is less likely to be injured and/or torn due to force because it can move freely and change shape.


What Symptoms Should You Expect?

When a meniscus in your knee is damaged and/or torn it will start to move abnormally inside of your joint which may cause it to become caught between your femur and tibia. As a result of this you will experience a significant amount of pain. You may also experience some swelling either immediately after the meniscus has been injured or you may develop swelling over time as a result of synovial fluid filling the joint cavity (this is also called "water on the knee").

Stiffness, buckling or weakness in your knee as well as grinding, clicking, popping or locking of the joint are also very common symptoms of this injury.

You may experience additional symptoms depending on the type of meniscus injury that you have:

Minor Tear or Deterioration

You will often experience pain and slight swelling within the first 12 hours of noticing the discomfort. These symptoms may decrease or disappear after 2 to 3 weeks.

Moderate Tear

You may have pain near the location of your meniscus tear (usually in the center or at the side of your knee). Swelling will generally increase over 2 to 3 days and your injury will feel stiff which will result in a limited range of motion (ROM) when moving your knee. Symptoms will eventually disappear but are likely to recur due to minor twisting or overuse.

Severe Tear

Fragments of torn meniscus may move into the space in your joint and lead to a locking of your knee that is also swollen, stiff and painful. These symptoms usually come on quite quickly. Bruising, swelling and severe pain will occur within minutes of the injury which indicates a tear of your ligament as well as a tear of your meniscus.

Degenerative Tear

This is a result of wear and tear over an extended period of time and does not occur due to a particular injury. You may not recall when or how your symptoms started. Pain and minimal swelling are usually the only symptoms you will experience which typically last indefinitely. You may also have some knee grinding or catching depending on the extent of the degeneration.

The medial meniscus is injured more often than the lateral meniscus!


What Causes a Meniscus Injury?

The 2 most common causes of meniscus injuries are acute trauma to the knee and degeneration of the knee joint. If the meniscus has torn and become loose it may move around in your joint interfering with your normal knee movement and function. Some meniscus injuries may also be caused by a Discoid Meniscus.

Acute Trauma

A forceful blow to the knee can result in an acute trauma of the meniscus. Movement of your knee beyond its normal range of motion can damage the mensici. Tthis is referred to as hyper flexion or hyperextension of the knee. Sports like rugby, football, baseball, soccer, or basketball can easily result in hyper flexion or hyperextension damaging the menisci. Acute trauma of this tissue can also occur during an accident of some kind or during other low-impact activities if your knee is unstable.

Degeneration of the Fibrocartilage

When you're young your meniscus is brand new and very flexible, but over time the menisci tissue weakens and becomes less flexible, more brittle and develops small cracks in it. Conditions like osteoarthritis place additional stress on your meniscus. Osteoarthritis can happen from normal wear and tear on the knee tissue and results in destructive chemical substances that release in the joint cavity that further breaks down the collagen fibers. As the menisci degenerate they are more susceptible to tears which can lead to a meniscus tearing without any associated injury.

Discoid Meniscus

As menisci develop in the body they begin to form as flat disc shapes rather than the familiar crescent shaped wedges most people are used to. For some people the meniscus does not develop into a cresent shape, and this condition is referred to as discoid mensicus. Discoid meniscus occurs most frequently in the lateral meniscus and in individuals of Asian descent. Children less than 11 years of age will generally have a discoid meniscus. This condition will often change over time and children will grow out of this as a c-shaped meniscus will form with maturity.

Symptoms of a discoid meniscus can vary but usually do not occur unless there is a tear in the meniscus. Symptoms that can be expected with a tear include, but are not limited to, clicking, snapping, buckling and/or locking of the knee joint, decreased range of motion, joint pain and tenderness, and atrophied quadriceps (muscles wasting away) may be experienced. Discoid mensicus has also been referred to as "snapping knee syndrome".


How do You Know if You Have a Meniscus Injury?

There are many tests that can be performed when diagnosing a meniscus injury. Your medical professional may perform a physical examination of your knee or order a test via x-ray, CAT scan, or MRI.

Physical Examinations

A medical professional will perform a physical examination by visually assessing and feeling the bones and soft tissue in your knee. They will also assess the symmetry of your knee to identify any areas of inflammation, bone deformity or atrophied muscles. Leg movements will also help the medical professional in determining causes and symptoms of your condition. Through movement the medical professional will be able to witness any pain, weakness, instability, catching, popping, or locking.

You may have the medical professional perform additional physical examinations such as McMurray's Test, Joint Line Tenderness, or Ege's test. Each test will involve the medical professional feeling your knee while laying down or standing in a certain position.

Diagnostic Tests

Diagnostic testing can obtain more detailed information, and assess the amount and/or type of damage in your knee. There are a variety of different tests available to analyse the damage in your knee, however recommendations will differ based on the degree of your injury and the opinion of your medical professional.

An X-ray identifies abnormal bone shapes, fractures, arthritis, and degeneration (wear and tear) within the knee. It can also identify a discoid meniscus, or loose bones and bone abnormalities that may mimic a torn meniscus.

A CAT (or CT) scan is used to provide a 3-dimensional assessment of the bones and soft tissues in and around your knee and may be used to find a meniscus tear.

An MRI can evaluate the soft tissues in and around your knee (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.

Degree of Severity

How do You Determine the Severity of Your Meniscal Injury?

Two major factors that influence the degree of severity of your injury include: the location of the tear, and the shape of the tear.


Menisci are composed of a dense tissue called fibrocartilage which is a tougher connective tissue than articular cartilage. The amount of blood vessels in the fibrocartilage throughout the meniscus varies. The outer 1/3 of the meniscus is vascular which means there is an abundance of blood vessels to allow blood to the area. Meniscus injuries can be difficult to heal because of the limited blood supply available.

There are two "zones" within each meniscus; the "red zone" and the "white zone". The "red zone" is located on the outermost edge of the meniscus and this area receives the most blood flow. Conversely, the "white zone" is located in the inner portion of the meniscus and receives very little blood supply. Tears that are either wholly or in part located within the "red zone" will have a better chance of healing completely and at a quicker rate. Tears that occur in the "white zone" will be much more difficult to treat. Each injured site can benefit from stimulation from a heating device (ultrasound unit or heat wrap) to increase blood flow.


The shape and size of your meniscus tear will determine the treatability of your injury. There are three main shapes for meniscus tears: longitudinal, horizontal and radial. You may also have a "complex" tear, which is a combination of more than one shape.

Longitudinal tears extend along the length of your meniscus, but do not penetrate through your meniscus. This particular tear does not touch the rim of the meniscus and typically results from repeated movements.

Bucket Handle tears are longitudinal and completely penetrate the entire meniscus. Approximately 10% of individuals with meniscus injuries will have a bucket handle tear and may also experience an ACL injury. If you have a bucket handle tear you may also experience locking of your knee while in flexion.

Horizontal tears (also known as cleavage tears) slice your meniscus horizontally (like a bun) and are often not visible. Although these particular tears are rare, they occur more frequently in the lateral meniscus.

Horizontal Flap tears usually develop if a horizontal tear is left untreated. This tear occurs horizontally on the surface of the meniscus and will create a flap that moves around as you move your knee. If you have a horizontal flap tear you are at risk of developing a complex tear or a meniscal cyst (a mass that develops from a collection of synovial fluid along the outside rim of the meniscus).

Radial tears (also know as free-edge transverse tears) usually start as a split located on the inner edge of your meniscus. This tear occurs frequently in the lateral meniscus.

Parrot's Beak tears occur when a radial tear increases in size and becomes a complete tear. This tear is typically the result of an acute injury or repetitive tasks. You may experience locking or catching of the meniscus in your knee as this tear grows larger.

Easy At-Home Treatments to Avoid Surgery

What Treatments are Available to Mend Your Meniscus Injury?

It is important that you receive adequate treatment for your meniscus injury because once your meniscus is torn you have an increased risk in developing arthritis in your knee. You should consult a medical professional to obtain a proper diagnosis and receive a tailored treatment plan. Meniscus injuries can be difficult to heal because the blood supply in your knee is often limited to the outer edge of the menisci. Proper blood flow is essential when healing a meniscus injury.

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As soon as your meniscus is injured your body triggers natural events that isolate damaged tissue and prepare it for healing. The main symptoms you will immediately feel after injury - the swelling, redness (rubor), heat (calor), pain (dolor), and loss of function - are really just signs that your body is starting to heal.

Unfortunately when your torn meniscus is swollen and inflamed the damaged tissue is blocking vital blood flow from coming into to continue the natural healing process. When your blood flow is blocked, the other healthy tissue in your knee is starved of oxygen, nutrients and antibodies needed for your healthy tissue to thrive and for your injured meniscus to heal. This is why it's never good to let a new meniscus injury stay untreated for too long.

Using cold compression immediately following a meniscus tear, re-injury (which is common due to instability of the knee), or surgery reduces pain and swelling and reduces the tissue damage that occurs with soft tissue injuries.

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Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy

What can be done for your meniscus when the swelling is gone, but the pain is still there? Once the swelling is gone our bodies are starving for the naturally occurring oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy available in our blood. Blood flow is like the life force of our bodies, and the healing process really takes off only when injured meniscus tissue receives proper blood flow.

If you want to heal quickly you need to keep your blood flow moving constantly, but you also need to make sure your body is actively getting rid of cellular waste and toxins. This is where BFST® comes in, but what exactly is BFST® and how can it help to accelerate healing?

BFST® is exactly what it seems - it's a therapy that substantially increases the flow of blood to your knee without the need to exercise your already damaged meniscus.

Think about your injured knee as if it is a sponge that has dried out. Your damaged meniscus is waiting there ready to absorb all of the benefits of increased blood flow but your body is unable to keep up with the demand of what your meniscus needs. BFST® boosts your body's natural blood flow, delivering oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy directly to the source of your pain. Once you start receiving all of the benefits BFST® has to offer your injured knee becomes like a sponge that now has enough blood flow within reach to soak up everything good that is in your blood flow. Increased blood flow through BFST® also acts as a cleanser for your tissue, whisking away all toxins and cellular waste.

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When is Surgery an Option & What Surgical Prodcedures Mend Meniscus Injuries?

You may be a candidate for surgery is your have injured your meniscus and you experience disabling symptoms that interfere with your daily routine after 2 to 3 months, have a larger more complex or displaced tear, or have major instability in your knee.

You may undergo Arthroscopic Surgery in order for your surgeon to develop a proper diagnosis of your injury. This procedure involves inserting a fiber optic camera through a small incision on the outside of the knee. At this point the surgeon will look inside of your joint to assess all damage caused to your soft tissues and bones.

Repairing a torn meniscus is one of the most common knee surgeries and there are 3 different types of meniscus surgeries that may be recommended to repair your injury: Menisectomy, a Meniscal Repair, or a Meniscal Replacement.


A Partial Menisectomy or Resection is the most common meniscus surgery and involves removal of the torn or damaged portion of your meniscus. This surgery is generally used for either degenerative or horizontal tears located in the innermost portion of your meniscus. This location typically has a poor healing rate because it receives little or no blood supply, and therefore in this case it is best to remove the damaged part rather than try to fix it. Recovery time for this type of surgery is typically 6 weeks.

A Complete Menisectomy or Resection may be required if degenerative damage has caused a complete collapse of the meniscus. This commonly occurs to the lateral meniscus rather than the medial meniscus. This surgery involves the removal of the meniscus however if a Complete Meniscectomy or Resection is performed, your joint may become overloaded as the contact pressure increases by 200% to 300%. This type of surgery is only performed if it is absolutely necessary as an individual may become bow-legged upon removal of the medial meniscus, or knock-kneed upon removal of the lateral meniscus.

Meniscal Repair

This surgery fixes any damage and helps prevent future deterioration of your meniscus. Although a Meniscal Repair is generally preferred over a Menisectomy, a Meniscal Repair is a more complex surgery and recovery time is much longer. There are two different techniques that may be used to repair a meniscus tear, and the method that works best for you will depend on the size and shape of the tear. Trenpanation is an abrasion technique used for longitudinal tears or bucket handle tears that will require the surgeon to make small holes or shave the torn edges of the meniscus to promote bleeding thus enhancing healing. Suturing is a technique used for radial split tears or parrot's beak tears and the surgeon will use stitches or other devices that the body will absorb to reconnect the tear, repair the damage, and save your meniscus. Recovery time for this type of surgery is typically 3 to 4 months.

Meniscal Replacement

A surgeon will implant a new meniscus into your knee during a Meniscal Replacement. There are two different types of implants: Allograft and Collagen Implant. An allograft is the transplant of a meniscus from a donor and this surgery is rarely done as it is not an effective long term solution. Collagen implants are placed in your knee to promote growth of a new meniscus, however results from this surgery are questionable and it is not FDA approved.

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Menicus Injury Comments & Questions

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      fabien 3 years ago

      I have the following tear related to an acl tear injury:

      Medial meniscus :oblique longitudinal tear within the periphery of the posterior horn of the medial meniscus extending to the inferior articular surface

      Lateral meniscus: imcomplete wrisberg rent tear

      I am 43 years old and going for knee reconstruction next week (4 months from injury)

      I am interested to know what are the chance that my meniscus tear will get repaired not resected. I understand meniscus tear are more easily repaired during knee reco.

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      MendMeShop LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello Max,

      You are lucky to have received a meniscus repair surgery for your meniscus tear... only approximately 10 - 15% of meniscus tears are repairable through surgery. The rest must undergo a partial meniscectomy, which is a removal of the damaged meniscus tissue.

      Hopefully you would have received a thorough rehabilitation plan from your surgeon or the orthopedic specialist you have been consulting during your injury. This rehabilitation plan should properly outline what you should be doing for post-operative care to heal yourself and get back into the shape you were in before the meniscus tear. If for any reason you have not received a rehabilitation plan, be sure to check the following information with your surgeon, orthopedic specialist or physical therapist. This information is not intended to replace the advice gained from your doctor, it is only meant to clarify the rehabilitation process for you.

      Usually after a meniscus repair surgery many doctors will recommend that you wear a locked knee brace and walk with crutches right after the surgery. You can slowly wean yourself off of the use of crutches, but you should continue to use a knee brace in a locked position (at a 90 degree angle) for approximately 4 to 6 weeks. It's important during this time that you are not over-extending or moving your knee in such a way that it would undo all of the great work your surgeon has already done for you. The sutures or anchors in your meniscus are meant to hold your meniscus together while it heals to repair the tear. If you are moving too much too quickly, you are at risk of performing an activity that will put undo stress on the delicate work your surgeon has done.

      Walking with your knee brace is a good amount of exercise to start during the next 4 to 6 weeks before you undergo physical therapy. Usually surgeons will recommend that you start physical therapy strengthening and stretching exercises 4 weeks after your surgery. This will start with simple, non-weight bearing exercises to increase your range of motion. You should only really do exercises described by your physical therapist. If you intend to do this stretching on your own at home, be sure to make an initial appointment with your surgeon or a physical therapist to get an idea of the stretches meant to help your knee heal. You can also find some products out there that will help you perform physical therapy for your knee at home - like the Knee-Flex Passive Stretch device that we offer.

      During the next 4 to 6 weeks and beyond, you need to also keep a keen eye on your pain levels and inflammation. Inflammation (pain, swelling, redness, heat sensation and loss of function) is normal after surgery. It's just another process our bodies go through when trying to heal. You can easily treat your pain and control your inflammation with a cooling therapy. Many doctors will prescribe RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), but just make sure not to ice your knee too much. Too much cold can numb the nerve endings in your knee and actually damage the tissue. There are products out there than can help you cool down your knee in a safe and effective way, like the Knee Freezie Wrap we offer.

      Once you have controlled and reduced your inflammation, you need to make sure that you meniscus is getting enough blood flow to heal. I'm sure you have already heard from your doctors that the meniscus is an area of the body that is known to receive very little natural blood flow. Your surgeon may have in fact done some techniques during your surgery to increase localized blood flow. You can help these efforts along with a warming therapy. Warmth has been used for decades by doctors and physical therapists to encourage more blood flow in the area that you need it most. As with the cooling therapy, there are products out there that can boost your natural blood flow for healing... like the Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy device that we offer - the Knee Inferno Wrap. Keep encouraging your blood flow and you will be sure to heal your meniscus in no time.

      As mentioned before, please make sure to continue to wear your brace at least as long as your surgeon has recommended (typically 4 to 6 weeks). Do not attempt to bear weight on your leg without the knee brace. This will place too much pressure on your healing meniscus, which may lead to another tear. It is common for those who have had a meniscus surgery to attempt to do too much too quickly, and this will often result in another, more damaging tear.

      I hope I have given you enough information to get started with your rehabilitation efforts. Remember to run all of this information by your surgeon or physical therapist. If you would like anymore information about surgical rehabilitation for meniscus or your injury, feel free to check out our website

      If you are interested in the Knee Freezie or Inferno Wraps mentioned above, you can discuss these therapies with one of our Product Specialists toll-free at 1-866-237-9608

      I wish you the best of luck in your recovery and rehabilitation.



      MendMeShop Adviser

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      just to follow up. while mediating my right knee tear, my left miniscus tore. that i had repaired ,it was a deeper tear than the right. i believe that was undoubtebly the right course of action. im wondering had i promptly repared my right miniscus, the left would not have stressed.... i liked walking a lot,and i had those skeechers. i didn't like the twist that accompanied any sudden directional turn. im thinking the origins to my miniscus tear came from those skeechers...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hello my name is max, i had a meniscus repair for my lateral meniscus 12 days ago. im wondering if you can give me any advice on how to heal as quickly as i can. I started walking and each day i can walk easier and more fluently. Should i be walking with my brace on? or not? will walking everyday help me more, or will resting and not walking be better?

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      MendMeShop LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi again Danny,

      Think of the body as constantly in a state of attempting to balance. When one area of the body is injured, other areas of the body then bear more stress in terms of overcompensation.

      This is a plausible reason as to why the left meniscus may have re-torn. Over a period of time, you would have shifted more weight to the left knee and this in turn would weaken the cartilage and likely cause it to degenerate to a degree that would be greater than normal.

      Add this to the fact that "twisting motions" greatly stress the have all the contributing factors to typical meniscus tears.


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      stevenstones 5 years ago

      Nice Lens! Keep up the good work!

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      MendMeShop LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello Sri,

      It is Paul from following up.

      In terms of treating a mild to moderate tear of that nature, one modality to look at would be Ultrasound.

      First, Ultrasound increases blood flow in the treated area which speeds the healing process. Second, it reduces swelling and edema which are the main sources of pain.

      In addition, there is a school of thought (backed with some results from medical studies) that Ultrasound can slow down cartilage degeneration.

      There are many factors and variables involved in making such recommendations, so we encourage you to call our office to speak with an advisor. Our toll free number is 1-866-237-9608 and we are available 7 days a week.


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      anonymous 5 years ago


      i have a 14mm horizontal tear in the post.horn and body of medial meniscus. its been 15 days.swelling is still on "RICE".im also on pain killers.i don't find much trouble in my walking.what do u suggest

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      MendMeShop LM 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hello Danny,

      This is Danieca from MendMeShop. I am interested to know what grade of tear you have in your meniscus. Youâve mentioned it is small so I presume no surgery is required and it can heal on its own. You asked specifically about 3 different treatments to help it heal and reduce your risk of arthritis. The most important thing to prevent arthritis is to keep the soft tissue and cartilage around your knee as healthy as possible while you are caring for your knee.

      There are studies that show glucosamine can help relieve joint pain and promote healthy cartilage, however, not all glucosamine products are created equal. I would recommend you speak with your doctor or a naturalist professional to see what product they would suggest for your particular situation.

      Ultrasound therapy is a great solution for meniscus tears, and can be used along with glucosamine supplements if you decide it is right for you. If your physical therapist or doctor has a unit in the office you can ask for a few treatments to see the results. MendMeShop offers a personal ultrasound unit that is safe for use at home and can be administered yourself. At home, you can give yourself more frequent treatments to relieve pain and heal faster.

      Ultrasound therapy is a treatment that works overtime to heal a torn meniscus or other soft tissue damage. Studies have shown great results. Ultrasound encourages more blood flow to the meniscus (which naturally receives very little blood flow), as well as reducing swelling and inflammation and promoting tissue healing.

      In addition, therapeutic ultrasound softens scar tissue that builds in the knee and meniscus through the injury/healing process. This means that once you have healed you will have stronger, healthier tissue in your knee compared to tough fibrous scar tissue that is inflexible and prone to deterioration and injury.

      Another product that you may find useful for healing your meniscus and maintaining a healthy knee is the Knee Inferno Wrap. The therapy this device offers is called Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST). As the name suggests, it brings an abundance of blood flowing to your knee. Blood is the key to healing the body. It delivers oxygen and nutrients to regenerate your cells and heal tissue while carrying away toxins and dead cells from the injury. Fewer toxins in your knee will reduce the pain you are feeling.

      The Inferno Wrap speeds up what your body is trying to do naturally when you have an injury. The Inferno Wrap will also enhance the extensibility of the damaged tissue and surrounding tissue through gentle thermal effects, giving you back your range of motion. We recommend use of the Knee Inferno Wrap even after your meniscus has healed to help promote healthier tissue, reducing your risk of arthritis in your knee.

      For more information about the MendMeShop Ultrasound Therapy System and the Knee Inferno Wrap you can visit or call a MendMeShop Advisor at 1-866-237-9608.

      I will give you a word of warning about cortisone injections. Although cortisone can reduce inflammation, which also provides some pain relief, repeated injections are not healthy for tissues. Most doctors limit the number of injections they give, however, be aware of possible side effects on your knee tissue. Studies have shown effects of weakening of tendons and softening of cartilage with cortisone injections. Repeated injections multiply these effects and increase the risk of potential problems, such as arthritis.

      The time between shots depends on your particular situation. For a patient with severe knee arthritis with little cartilage to be concerned about, a doctor is probably more willing to allow more (3-4) shots/year. In an otherwise healthy knee, more shots in a year can actually cause more damage than good. If you have had a cortisone injection and wish to try ultrasound therapy, you must wait 30 days after your injection to allow the medication to dissipate from your knee.

      I hope this answers all of your questions today. Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information.

      Best wishes,


      MendMeShop Adviser


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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have been living with a s,all tear in my miniscus for 5 months. i am 53, we are trying therapy. my only concern now is that the time factor increases the actual risk of arthritis to my knee. I walk extensively/ I am finding resting and elevating the knee are helpful. can you recommend wether glakosame is helpful ? and would an ultrasound regularly be helpful ? how much time should pass between cortosone injections ? thankyou

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      MendMeShop LM 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi There,

      Thanks for posting your question.

      Iâm not sure exactly what kind of treatments you are receiving in Physical Therapy, so it is difficult for me to predict how long your knee will take to respond. If you are receiving Ultrasound, it can take time to see results, especially given the fact that you are dealing with a meniscus tear. If this injury is chronic (i.e. is an injury that has come and gone over a period of time) then recovery can take even longer than a newer injury.

      Calcification in a joint can be broken down with Ultrasound, but successful treatment will require a significant treatment time. Every body responds differently to the healing process, so it is difficult for anyone to guess on how long you will take to respond. You could certainly use the MendMeShop Ultrasound to compliment your treatments (if that is indeed what you are receiving.) You can treat your knee on the days that you are not receiving Ultrasound treatment at your Physiotherapists office with your own portable Ultrasound.

      In terms of using either the Freezie Wrap or Inferno Wrap, both would have different purposes in your case. The Freezie Wrap would benefit you if you have swelling and pain in the knee, but it will really only treat the symptoms and not the underlying causes of the pain and swelling.

      The Inferno Wrap would be beneficial in bringing blood flow to the area, which is essential with meniscus injuries as the meniscus receives very little blood flow on its own. It will speed up healing in the area, and can be used to compliment the use of Ultrasound.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions specific to your condition. I wish you the best in your healing process.



      MendMeShop Advisor

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have a torn medial menicus with calcium. Having physio - not responding quickly. Is heat or cold better most of the time.? I do wear a knee brace - a pull on - and that seems to support. Does physio take a long time?