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Meniscus problems

Acute meniscus problems often occur in sports that involve a lot of jumping and turning movements. Meniscus complaints often show symptoms such as swelling, instability and lock complaints. A physiotherapist can easily diagnose meniscus problems and guide you in your recovery.

Cause:

The meniscus consists of two crescent-shaped pieces of cartilage. These provide stability and shock absorption to the knee. In addition to absorbing the shocks to the leg, the meniscus has a guiding function in the movement of the knee. Acute meniscus problems generally occur in sports in which jumps and rotational movements occur more frequently, such as in hockey or football. This is often accompanied by a movement in which the knee has to cope with a high force while it is stretched out and rotated. Which of the menisci is damaged is mainly determined by the direction of rotation (inwards or outwards).

Degeneration of the meniscus?

During the years of your life, the meniscus will deteriorate in quality. This does not necessarily mean that this will result in complaints. In principle, everyone experiences a decline in the quality of their meniscus, so this is completely normal. In order to keep the quality of your meniscus as good as possible, it is important to exercise properly and in a balanced way. move. Should you experience complaints about the meniscus due to normal ageing? Don't worry, the physiotherapists at Fysiofitaal can help you with advice and the necessary guidance.

Symptoms:

Symptoms that can occur with meniscus complaints are swelling, reduced stability, pain during full extension and/or flexion of the knee. In addition, locking complaints are characteristic of meniscus problems.

Diagnosis:

The physiotherapists at Fysiofitaal are well placed to diagnose meniscus injuries. They do this by going through a number of steps. For example, the physiotherapist will obtain all relevant information by means of an interview (anamnesis) which will show that the meniscus is probably responsible for the complaints. To confirm this, the physiotherapist can perform various tests. If it becomes clear that the complaints are caused by the meniscus, a personal treatment plan can be drawn up for you. If it is not entirely clear whether the meniscus is involved in the complaints, an MRI can provide clarity. However, this is not advised in the first 4 months of a rehabilitation project.

Treatments:

If the physiotherapist thinks that the meniscus is damaged, it can fortunately recover well on its own. However, for a good recovery it is important to use good and dosed exercise. move. The physiotherapists at Fysiofitaal can help you with this through advice and a personal training schedule.

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