The meniscus is the padding in between the two long bones of the lower leg, the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shinbone). Meniscal injuries are generally classed as sudden onset (acute) or wear and tear (degenerative). Treatment includes exercises to optimise bending and straightening while improving muscle strength and coordination.
The meniscus often develops micro-tears through normal life and occasionally larger tears related to a twisting or landing injury.
The damaged meniscus cannot be repaired and is generally cut out, which can increase the onset of osteo-arthritis. Studies increasingly show that surgical intervention is best avoided.
When deciding on the best management for meniscus injuries, it’s best not to focus too much on MRI findings. Studies show that over 50% of people over the age of 50 will show meniscus tears on MRI, even if they have no knee pain, and the relationship between tears on MRI and knee dysfunction is quite low. Our treatments focus on how the knee is functioning in regards to pain, swelling, exercise tolerance and balance.
Our facilities are state of the art. Our brand new location boasts one of the world’s best equipped snow-sports physio clinics with a fully equipped rehab gym. We have the latest injury management equipment selectively sourced from around the world including a Ski Simulator machine, Ski & Snowboard Addiction with trampoline, Zwift cycle training, a commercial grade treadmill and the Game Ready icing system, recommended by surgeons for pre- and post-operative strength and rehabilitation.