Join Regenexx Founder, Dr. Chris Centeno, to understand why and see how Interventional Orthopedics provides a non-surgical alternative to surgery that uses your body’s own cells to promote improvement to damaged tissues and relieve pain from knee injuries and arthritis.
They reduce friction during movement, help the femur and tibia (mentioned above) fit together, distribute your body weight across the knee and absorb shock, and help distribute fluid that lubricates the knee. They also protect the gliding cartilage within the knee.
Unless the torn meniscus has locked the knee, many people with a torn meniscus can walk, stand, sit, and sleep without pain.
If you believe you may have a meniscus tear, the next step is receiving a diagnosis, so that you can plan treatment.
Or, as people reach 50 years and beyond, there can be more of a degenerative tear within the meniscus, where there is no absolute tear, but over time, it has started to wear, thin, and fray. This is more common in this age group.
If you have a torn meniscus in your knee, you may have knee pain, but you might not have any symptoms at all.
A meniscus tear can cause pain on the inside of the knee (medial) or the outside of the knee (lateral), depending on which meniscus you tear, or pain in the entire knee. The pain often is worse during twisting, walking upstairs or downstairs, or squatting motions.
However, many people have a meniscus tear and have no pain at all.
Other meniscus tear symptoms include:
The meniscus is a viable living tissue. However, it’s the limitation of blood supply to the meniscus that impedes healing. In addition, if the tear causes a flap to catch in the joint, this also leads to bigger problems.
However, if there is still function in the knee and tolerable pain, it is possible for the meniscus to heal. Again, because of the limited blood supply of that region, the healing time depends on your body’s ability to send its healing cells to that targeted area and for that area to receive those cells.
Frequently, the meniscus and the body need a helping hand to facilitate and speed up the healing process. That’s where Regenexx comes in.
Regenexx is a highly specialized group of procedures under the umbrella of regenerative medicine and orthobiologics.
You have other options when it comes to treating your torn meniscus. Interventional orthopedics provides a non-surgical alternative that uses your own cells to repair the damage. It uses precise image-guided injections of your own body’s healing agents that can help repair tissue. Register for our webinar to learn more.
Webinar Presenter: Chris Centeno, M.D.