Sometimes the smallest things make the biggest impact!
The Meniscus is a small thin piece of cartilage in your knee joint and is attached to your Tibia. The function of this tissue is to act as a shock absorber during activities such as running and jumping. When this becomes strained or torn, it can be a very big deal. Sport injuries, work strains, regular wear and tear as we age with improper posture can result in Meniscus tear and sometimes a piece can break off, creating a blockage or a locked joint. The process of recovery from injuries can be simple with rest, ice and support, or complex; requiring surgery to repair a major tear or to remove pieces that are creating the locked joint.
There are 3 different types of Cartilage in the human body, Hyaline, Elastic and Fibro, all with different base functions. Fibrocartilage contains both elastic and hyaline and is the kind that the makes up the Meniscus in our knees (while Hyaline is present in other joints and Elastic is for the nose and ears). Cartilage also contains synovial fluid, which is used to lubricate the area when we articulate the joint.
In order to keep our joints and cartilage healthy it is important to have a routine of exercise in order to strengthen surrounding muscular structures and build bone density, stretching to prepare our bodies for activity as well as proper check ups and therapies when needed to aid in the recovery process. We can also help to avoid injury through diet, creating a stable base and balancing deficiencies.
<<<<Simple movements while you are sitting at work can help you to loosen stiff knee joints>>>>
It is essential following surgery, to have physiotherapy as soon as is possible for you in order to prevent stiffness and retain the use of your knee quickly. At Finland Osteopathy Clinic our therapists use many techniques to treat Meniscal damages such as Low Level Laser Therapy; used to aid soft tissue healing and inflammation, resistance exercises; to build and strengthen the muscle structures surrounding the knee, manual mobilization for testing and reactivating the range of motion in your knee and to relieve tensions- just to name a few.
Here is a list of valuable vitamins and minerals that can help our joints and cartilage
C- Essential in collagen production, boosts the immune system, helps with glandular function and energy levels
D- Helps with the absorption of calcium and plays a vital role in prevention and treatment of cartilage deterioration
K- Matrix Gla protein building block, for the maintenance and healing of bones, cartilage and muscles
Minerals from supplements and foods
Apple, pear, peaches, melon, avocado, bananas and tomatoes
Collagen enhancing foods
Aloe vera, seaweed and algae like chlorella, citrus, leafy greens, berries, garlic, avocado and pumpkin seeds
Hyaluronic acid, Omega 3 & 6 crucial for synovial fluid production
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, red apples, Garlic and onion
SAY NO: Dairy, meat, processed foods and refined sugar, Coffee/Caffeine, glutenous foods (White bread, pasta, white rice) if you want better recovery!