Friday, October 17, 2008

Knee Pain Relief - How to Survive Meniscus Tear Knee Pain - Knee Braces That Help Provide Support

Are you looking for a way to survive your knee pain after you have injured your meniscus?
If you would like free information on how to help reduce this kind of knee pain then read on...
Your meniscus is a shock-absorbing cartilage found in your knee. Tears occur most commonly when a person excessively twists or over-flexing their knee joint. Often times it is a sports related injury.
There is a meniscus located in two parts of each of your knees. One provides shock absorption on the outside aspect (also known as the lateral aspect), and the other is located on the medial aspect (inside portion of the knee). It also keeps your femur (thighbone) and tibia (shinbone) from grinding against each other. In other words, if a person was somehow unfortunate enough to be born without their menisci, their weight would fall squarely upon their bones and this would promote boney fractures and a ton of knee joint pain.
Even a very small tear to the mensicus can cause a lot of pain, which is the overall reason why the health of your meniscus is vitally important. If an individual is older and they have brittle cartilage, they can be more prone to a meniscus tear.
Symptoms include:
A popping feeling can occur at the time of injury
Knee joint pain When pressure is applied to the knee joint, knee pain can occur at the space between the bones.
A locking sensation can occur at the knee joint
Recurrent knee-catching
When you see your physician after a knee injury and you are concerned about a meniscal tear, he/she will look at your history, and can perform a manual test like the Apley's compression test, or the McMurray's test. Your physician may also use an X-ray or MRI determine the severity of your knee injury. Surgery is not always required, unless the damage is extensive.
Icing can help reduce knee swelling and reduce knee pain after a mensical tear. In addition, it is important to stay away from any activity that inflames your knee pain.
A well designed knee support can also help patients who have suffered a knee injury, such as a meniscal tear. Excessive side to side movements can be restricted and the support a knee brace can provide can reduce your knee pain.
If you are an active person, you can use knee braces for a prophylactic purpose. When you use a knee support when you are healthy you may help prevent a knee tear. A well designed knee brace can be a very useful adjunct to the health of your knee.
A good physician will tell you that they use surgery as a last resort; telling you that conservative measures should be considered first:
A meniscus repair can be used to help treat your meniscus, but more often a meniscectomy is performed, which removes the damaged part of the meniscus.
If you suffer a meniscal tear once, you are more likely to have further problems, such as arthritis. Prevention is the best method to avoid such an injury. Making lifestyle choices that can help prevent this injury are recommended, such as staying in shape. The extra weight can only be an increased burden upon your meniscii.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Chondromalacia - Cause of Anterior Knee Pain in Middle Aged Women

According to the University of Virginia Health System:
Arthritis: Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis that affects the knee. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative process where the cartilage in the joint gradually wears away, and often affects middle-age and older people. Osteoarthritis may be caused by excess stress on the joint such as repeated injury or being overweight.
Rheumatoid arthritis can also affect the knees by causing the joint to become inflamed and by destroying the knee cartilage. Rheumatoid arthritis often affects persons at an earlier age than osteoarthritis.
After walking for 6 hours a day, five or six days a week for twenty years, tearing my patellar tendon, having surgery for that and just seeing the years fly by like we all do, this is where I found myself. Knees that were bone on bone, my right kneecap 1/3 worn off, hurting all day and night if I wasn't taking some kind of pain killer every four or five hours.
What do you do? Just keep going and taking pills until the knees finally totally wear out and you either go sit in a chair or get knee replacement. At least that is what I thought and is what I planned to do.
Until. Until a friend shared something with me that I thought was nuts. "Sure Steve, that will work!" (sarcastically) But, what did I have to lose? Nothing but knee pain, so I tried it. He was right and I was wrong, did it ever work! To the tune of pain free with the same knees and feeling at sixty like I did in my twenties, NO PAIN! Amazing, yet true.
I would enjoy helping you achieve this same level of feeling good without prescription meds or pain killers of any kind. Get in touch and let's get you started too.
Doug Sandquist is a mail carrier in Omaha who has dealt with knee pain and surgery for many years. Having found a way to be PAIN FREE WITH MY REAL KNEES I want to help others reach that same level of healing. Isn't it time for you to start on the road to less pain?