Cartilage Injury of the Knee

The cartilage, or meniscus are 2 ‘C’shaped shock absorbers that are placed either side of your knee and assist in providing cushioning and also some stability for your knee joint.

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Cartilage Injury of the Knee

Some cartilages will present as a very painful locked knee often with swelling, and must be assessed immediately by our practitioners as muscles wasting can begin immediately.
Symptoms of Cartilage Injury are:

  • An inability to fully bend or straighten the knee
  • Pain on squatting/twisting
  • Pain with running, twisting
  • Muscle wasting at the front of the thigh (the quadriceps)

Cartilage Injury of the Knee

These cartilages can be injured in a sudden incident such as twisting or squatting, or can suffer ‘micro’ injury due to repeated load. The cartilages can also have degenerative changes.  Because cartilages cannot heal themselves, a treatment regime should be implemented immediately to prevent long term knee problems especially further degeneration.

Treatment and management options

  • Commencing Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation immediately. Use crutches if unable to weight bear without pain
  • We recommend an immediate physiotherapy assessment to assist in diagnosing your cartilage injury and determine if you need referral to a Sports Physician or Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • If you are injured at work or in sport, our practitioners have approved knee conditioning programs for your cartilage injury that will get you back on track sooner
  • Rebuilding muscles is imperitave for a full return to activity or sport. Do not assume that your muscles automatically return after knee surgery. See our exercise program options
  • Walking with a limp is not advised and you must consult a professional immediately

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