Your Meniscus Can Mend: Healing Knee Injuries Naturally

Our meniscus, although small in size, play a crucial role in regular movement. Along with distributing weight and preventing knee injuries, this bit of cartilage serves as a shock absorber between the thigh bone and shinbone. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with a meniscus injury, it means that the c-shaped piece of cartilage has been torn or damaged during physical activity or trauma or as a result of a degenerative condition. And although it seems like a minor ligament, an injury to the meniscus is painful, to say the least. A simple tear can cause excruciatingly painful swelling and knee locking that makes daily tasks extremely difficult.

Can Meniscus Tears Heal on Their Own?

If you experience a meniscus tear that is under 1cm, it has the potential to heal with adequate rest and rehabilitative care. However, if the tear expands or is significantly injured from the start, we recommend coming in to speak to a specialist.

Why Use Regenerative Medicine for Meniscus Injury?

Recovery of your meniscus is challenging because of the limited blood supply in this area of your knee. That's where regenerative medicine comes into play. Most regenerative therapies use nutrient-rich solutions to stimulate stem cell migration and blood flow to the afflicted areas. This can accelerate the healing process and improve the overall function of your knee.

Regenerative medicine may also reduce the risk of future complications, such as arthritis, by promoting tissue repair and regeneration before they set in. 

It's one of our frontline treatment methods because it increases your chances of a successful recovery and a return to normal activities.

The Best Regenerative Treatments for Knee Pain: Ozone Therapy

Ozone therapy is a particularly great option for meniscus tears. By injecting ozone gas directly into the affected area, it can help reduce inflammation, relieve muscle tension, and enhance blood circulation. Ozone therapy can ultimately help improve mobility and functionality, as it bolsters your body's natural ability to repair and regenerate damaged tissues.By targeting the underlying causes of knee pain and promoting healing, ozone therapy can help alleviate pain and get you back on your feet pain-free.

Integrative Medicine May Help Your Meniscus Injury Heal Naturally

We prefer taking a holistic approach to treating pain conditions. This approach often centers on integrative medicine, which combines treatments to promote the natural healing of the meniscus. For example, a patient with a meniscus tear may benefit from rehabilitative exercise to strengthen the surrounding muscles, massage therapy to reduce pain and inflammation, and natural supplements to support tissue repair. 

By addressing the root cause of the injury and promoting natural healing, integrative medicine can help patients avoid the risks and potential complications of surgery. Your personalized care plan may also include therapies like regenerative medicine and rehabilitative care.

Chiropractic Care for Meniscus Rehabilitation

Chiropractic care offers a minimally-invasive option for rehabilitating meniscus tears. In fact, most meniscus tears can be treated without surgery to restore the knee joint's function. During your treatment program we may recommend chiropractic care in order to not only address the injury but also improve the overall function and related structures of your knee. We’ve found that non-rotatory chiropractic adjustments for the knee, hip, and ankle might improve joint alignment and function. 

Chiropractic care recommendations might include:

  • Laser therapy
  • Manual Therapy

The goal of chiropractic care is to reduce pain and improve tissue function so you can get back on that knee pain-free sooner.

Conventional Treatments for a Meniscus Injury Often Fall Short

Conventional approaches to treating meniscus injuries can either be super invasive, fail to provide long-term relief, or only mask the injury's discomfort. The limited treatment options can be disappointing for individuals struggling with a painful meniscal tear, especially since it's a pretty uncomfortable injury that can easily morph into long-term knee pain.

In some cases, when the meniscus tear is regarded as severe, a doctor might recommend meniscal allograft transplantation (MAT), also known as a meniscus transplant. However, transplant surgery can be quite complex and controversial. We always advocate for each of our patients dealing with meniscus tears to consider their natural treatment options before undergoing an irreversible surgical procedure.

Looking for Natural Care for Your Meniscus Injury?

Whether you're dealing with a meniscus injury or chronic joint pain, we offer many natural and holistic approaches to managing your symptoms and improving your overall quality of life. Schedule a consultation with our team to learn more about how integrative medicine and regenerative medicine could help you get back to living your life to the fullest.

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6884076/#:~:text=The%20lack%20of%20blood%20supply,blood%20supply%20to%20promote%20healing.