Adults today are more active than ever. Prevention and continual exercise are often discussed between between adults and healthcare professionals. The benefits of proper exercise run deep; however adults with a history of arthritis and knee injury might want to be cautious.
Arthritis is a painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints. There are over 150 different forms of arthritis. Many people are familiar with osteoarthritis, which affects about 30 million Americans. Many people have also heard of the meniscus inside the knee- a soft, horseshoe-shaped cushion that acts like a shock absorber. So now you might be asking- what’s the big deal with the meniscus inside the knee?
An unfortunate occurrence of aging is the onset of arthritis and the degeneration of the meniscus. Everyone eventually develops some form of arthritis and is susceptible to tissue degeneration of the meniscus. As time goes on, the meniscus loses water content and becomes more fragile. Ultimately, continuing to live an active lifestyle with a weakened meniscus can be a concern for many people.
The meniscus is a vital component of safe and pain-free knee movement. Mechanical symptoms of a meniscus tear include sharp pain combined with catching, locking or a feeling the knee is going to give out or buckle. These symptoms are important to recognize because they are much different than the symptoms of arthritis– which has a dull, aching pain that worsens with activity.
According to Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, “Most doctors present three solutions for people who suffer from arthritis and a weakened or torn meniscus. The first is physical therapy, second is cortisone injections, and third is arthroscopic surgery.”
Surgery and corticosteroid injection can be traumatic and have risks like all internal procedures do. Thankfully, physical therapy is an option for those who would like a holistic, client-centered treatment approach.
Physical therapy can help patients by reducing pain and increasing strength with manual manipulation, exercises and pain reduction modalities! At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our expert physical therapists are the perfect provider to help you be free from knee pain!
Call us today to book an appointment! (714) 997-5518
1111 W Town and Country Road Ste 1
Orange, CA 9268