Our Meniscus services
Partial meniscus repair
Meniscus scaffold regeneration
Meniscus cartilage replacement
What is meniscus?
Meniscus is a type of hard cartilage present in the knee joint that functions as a shock absorber. Each knee contains two C-shaped menisci, the lateral meniscus and the medial meniscus. Both are positioned to cushion the area where the thigh bones and shin bones meet. A meniscus tear is a serious injury as it prevents the individual from moving their knee in the ways they are used to.
Symptoms of a meniscus tear
A tear in the meniscus typically occurs when the upper leg twists while the foot remains planted. A torn meniscus is therefore a common injury among athletes and sports players. Symptoms can include:
- Localised swelling and stiffness.
- Pain that increases with rotational movement.
- Difficulty fully extending the knee.
- A popping sensation in the knee.
- Feeling as though the knee is locked in place when you try to move it.
Treatment options for meniscus tear
With modern technology and techniques, there are many treatments options for a torn meniscus which can be explored before knee meniscus surgery. Resting the affected knee and applying ice packs can help relieve the pain, along with various pain relief medication. You may also be asked to complete regular exercises designed to strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee. However, meniscus tear treatments will vary depending on a variety of factors. This includes age, medical history, severity of the injury, and more.
How can London Cartilage Clinic help?
As our name suggests, we specialise in treatments designed to restore the cartilage and protect its important role within our bodies. Our medical experts possess the knowledge and training required to complete meniscus tear surgery with minimal risk. By leveraging an in-depth understanding of human anatomy, our experts can provide treatments and advice in many disciplinary areas.