Here’s the Secret They Are Not Telling You About Your Torn Meniscus

Have you ever been diagnosed with a torn meniscus in your knee? Were you told the next step is possibly surgery or an injection?

Today I’m here with Dr. Derek Nielsen of Kaizen Physical Therapy and in the video below we explain the secret people aren’t telling you about your torn meniscus.

If you have a torn meniscus in your knee, there are a lot of things you can do besides getting surgery that will give you the same result. Surgery is not always the quick fix people want or expect it to be.

Let me tell you something. You may have a torn meniscus, but the pain in your knee may not be coming from it. There are so many other areas of your body that can cause your knees to hurt and you deserve to have a full body diagnostic workup done to know exactly what’s causing your pain and symptoms.

A torn meniscus is not the end of the world and doesn’t always need to be “fixed” for you to have full use of your knee. It may have been there all along and now that your knee hurts and you’ve had an X-Ray or MRI done, we see some “aging” of your meniscus.

One of the very few times when people actually need knee surgery is when it keeps them from going to the bathroom after they’ve had physical therapy on multiple occasions and with multiple providers. (Not all physical therapy is the same, kind of like not all restaurants serve the same food.) Another indication for knee surgery is if there was direct trauma to your knee, like the kind that would happen in a football game.

If you have knee pain that develops overnight, over the course of a few weeks or after a specific activity, then there’s a likelihood there are other answers.

So, what might really be going on with your body that’s causing knee pain? Traditionally, if a torn meniscus is the cause, you will hear some sort of clicking, popping or your knee might lock up. That being said, healthy knees make noise, so don’t worry or jump to conclusions because you hear something.

Dr. Nielsen had a patient the other week who had been diagnosed with a torn meniscus and said he had some clicking. Within one visit, he was able to take his pain away by releasing a muscle around the knee.

Sometimes, the area of pain is just the area that’s overworked because somewhere else isn’t working the way it should. This happens everywhere, not just the knee.

Typically, knee pain is just the symptom and warning light that you have a hip or ankle problem. Focusing only on your knee will not completely address your problem or keep it from happening again.

Say you think you have a torn meniscus. What can you do about it? Don’t worry. What you need is someone to look through your whole body top to bottom and see if your knee is the thing just causing the alarm to go off, and not the real cause. Is it your ankle? Your hip? Your core stability? Or just something that’s tired and overworked?

The best medical professional to see 1st in this case is a physical therapist who can perform a Total Body Diagnostic exam to tell you exactly what’s wrong with your knee, where the root cause of the problem is and how long it will take for you to recover.

If your knee turns out to be a problem that will benefit from an injection or surgery (typically that’s not the case if we can see you soon enough), our Doctor of Physical Therapy will know and refer you to the right physician who can take care of you and look at your whole body.

If you’re struggling with knee pain and want to avoid injections, medications or surgery, click here to speak with our knee pain specialist or call us at 336-271-6677. We would love to spend some time talking with you about what’s going on so we can give you an idea of how we can get you back to doing the activities you love!

About The Author

Aaron LeBauer

Dr. Aaron LeBauer is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist. He owns LeBauer Physical Therapy, LLC, with his wife Andra, in Greensboro, N.C. He has been helping active people stay fit, active and healthy without medications, injections or surgery since 1999. He earned his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Elon University in 2008. Dr. LeBauer graduated from Duke University in 1996 with a B.A. in History and moved to San Francisco where he studied Massage Therapy and Health Education at the National Holistic Institute. He has specialized in Myofascial Release since 2000 and is an Instructor with the John F. Barnes MFR Seminars. A native of Greensboro, Dr. LeBauer returned in 2005 to continue the third generation of LeBauers as health care professionals in Greensboro. Dr. LeBauer helps weekend warriors, high level athletes, desk jockeys, students, children and anyone with pain, stiffness return to the activities the love without expensive imaging, pain medications, injections or surgery. He specializes in treating people with chronic conditions, pain and injuries which have not responded to traditional treatments and therapies with the goal of helping patients have less pain, move better and feel wonderful in their bodies. Dr. LeBauer also helps other physical therapists start and grow successful cash-based physical therapy practices. He has developed an online training course that describes in detail how to start a small private practice, along with his marketing secrets and strategy. He is currently available for recorded telephone and video coaching sessions, email support, on-site visits and speaking engagements. Contact him for more information, rates and services.. Dr. LeBauer enjoys riding one of his vintage Vespa and Lambretta scooters or his bicycle to work. He has raced bicycles since high school and as a category 1 amateur throughout the United States. He was based out of Northern California and North Carolina and spent a very memorable summer racing in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. He enjoys working in his garden and has an edible landscape including pears, apples, scuppernogs (native muscadine grapes), raspberries, blueberries, figs, various seasonal vegetables and shiitake mushrooms. He has two beautiful daughters and an amazing wife.

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