Physical Therapy Meniscus Tear Treatments in Kansas City
Physical Therapy Meniscus Tear Treatment in Kansas City.
The meniscus is a thin, c-shaped piece of cartilage that sits in your knee joint between your femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone). It consists of a medial portion (inside) and lateral portion (outside). The purpose of the meniscus is to cushion the knee joint during impact activities such as walking, running, and jumping. A traumatic tear of the meniscus typically occurs during high impact activity that involves a twisting motion at the knee when the foot is planted. It is also possible to have a degeneration of the meniscus over time that leads to a more severe tear without traumatic injury.
Symptoms of a meniscus tear are generally pain either on the inside or outside of the knee and a potential feeling of something catching in the knee.
- Popping of the knee
- Swelling of the knee at the joint line
- Feeling like the knee locks, gives way or catches
- Decreased range of motion of the knee
- Tenderness with palpation of the knee at the joint line
Physical Therapy Treatments for Meniscus Tears
Mild to moderate tears can often be successfully treated conservatively with physical therapy techniques like soft tissue work and corrective exercise, but more severe tears may be best treated with surgery. Whether or not surgery occurs, our physical therapists can perform soft tissue work to the surrounding areas and can include Active Release Technique, FAKTR, and dry needling. Our hands on work is then complemented with exercise that will correct abnormal bio-mechanical movements that may be occurring during sports, running, lifting, or daily activities.
Our Treatment Process
Our doctors use research-based techniques and evidence-based functional testing to assess and treat a possible meniscal tear. Our treatment process corrects any muscle imbalances or tissue restrictions that may be contributing to knee dysfunction.
Our thorough evaluation will assess core, hip, and knee strength, dynamic lower extremity stability, balance, and proprioception to create a personalized treatment program to not only rehabilitate injury but also contribute to improved sport specific performance. Following surgery we will work alongside your surgeon to develop a post-operative plan that is tailored specifically to your needs.
Treatments for meniscus tears
For post-surgical care, check out our chiropractic services for meniscus tears.
The physical therapy Graston technique is one of the leading instrument assisted soft tissue therapies for the treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.Learn More
Active Release Technique
Active Release Technique (A.R.T) is one of the leading soft tissue therapies for the treatment of muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.Learn More
Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Exercise that favors quality movements over quantity of reps is key to restoring proper function.Learn More
Frequently Asked Questions
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Meet the team at any of our 8 locations: Lee’s Summit, Liberty, Crossroads, Blue Valley, Kansas City, Olathe, Overland Park & Shawnee.