3 Best Knee Braces for Torn MeniscusDo you play soccer? How about basketball? Or maybe tennis? Or any other sport? If not, do you like to go on walks? Actually, the better question is do you know what the most common knee injury is? If you are wondering, we will tell you. It’s the tearing of the meniscus.

Yes, maybe you have heard of it, or maybe you have experienced that pain. But, did you also know that it can happen at any age, even from the slightest awkward movement? Well, this is why the meniscus tear is the most common knee injury. It occurs suddenly and unexpectedly.

Yes, maybe you have heard of it, or maybe you have experienced that pain. But, did you also know that it can happen at any age, even from the slightest awkward movement? Well, this is why the meniscus tear is the most common knee injury. It occurs suddenly and unexpectedly.

If you have had the misfortune of tearing your meniscus or want to learn more about the injury, keep reading! We will go through the causes, symptoms, and some treatment options, such as knee braces, that can help you recover faster and feel pain relief. We understand that you probably want to get back to performing your sport or daily tasks, so don’t drag out your recovery any longer than is needed!

3 Best Knee Braces for Torn Meniscus

Below is a list of the top 3 knee brace options that I suggest for such an injury. It is important to keep in mind the sensitivity of this injury in order to provide optimal support and stability.

  1. Shock Doctor 875 Ultra Knee Brace with Bilateral Hinges: This brace has a long frame and provides optimal support, structure, and alignment. Also, the straps securely strap around your knee and leg, keeping the brace comfortably in place. Furthermore, the brace contains bilateral hinges to prevent hyperextension and further knee injuries.

2. McDavid 422 Knee Brace with Dual Disk Hinges: This brace also features bilateral hinges and a long frame for structure and support. But, unlike the Shock Doctor, this brace uses latex-free neoprene.

3. Gladiator Hinged Knee Support by BioSkin: This brace is completely hypoallergenic, meaning that it is latex free! Not only is it ideal for those of you with latex allergies, but it also features bilateral hinges to prevent hyperextension. Furthermore, it provides optimal support and stability with its durable and snug, yet comfortable frame.

When choosing a brace, it is important to pick the one that will support your injury best. For this type of tear, I highly recommend the use of a brace that has bilateral hinges. This feature will provide extra support and stability and will help your knee move correctly.

 

What Is the Meniscus?

There are two menisci in your knee anatomy that act as shock absorbers. Basically, they are pieces of cartilage that lie between your thighbone and shinbone absorbing your knee movements and providing stability, while preventing the grinding of your bones.

 

How do Meniscus Tears Occur?

There are typically two types of causes:

  1. Athletics: Usually, athletes tear their meniscus during their participation in contact sports such as soccer, basketball, and football. The tear occurs suddenly, typically from a sharp movement or rough contact. For example, a soccer player could tear their meniscus as they cut the ball back or try to dribble by a defender. In basketball, for instance, a player may squat and twist their knee to dribble past a defender or make a pass, resulting in the tearing of their meniscus. Tackles may also result in a meniscus tear, such as in football.
  2. Age: Unfortunately, the cartilage may degenerate as we get older. The meniscus cartilage wears down and weakens with age, so a simple movement such as sitting and getting up from a seat with a slight twist may cause you to tear your meniscus.

 

How do You Know if You Tore Your Meniscus?

Typically, when you tear your meniscus you will hear/feel a “pop”. However, unlike other knee injuries, most of those with meniscal tears can continue walking or even playing their sport. But, as days progress, you will feel your knee stiffen and swell. Common symptoms include:

  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • The inability to fully move your knee
  • Locking of your knee
  • Feeling like your knee will “give way”

It is important to notice these symptoms and seek professional guidance, consult your doctor. If you do not treat your meniscus tear, then you could injure your knee further as the meniscus can slip into the joint. This will then cause more issues, such as the popping, locking, and slipping off your knee.

Treatment Options

It is usual for your doctor to request that you receive both an x-ray and MRI exam to rule out other knee injuries with similar symptoms. In some instances, your meniscus may be able to heal on its own. However, in most cases, you may require surgical involvement in order to heal the area. Surgery will result in about a month of wearing crutches, and then several more months of rehabilitation as recommended by your doctor. Although the process may be lengthy, it is important to take all steps necessary to properly and fully heal.

If your tear is small and solely requires rest, ice, compression and elevation (RICE), then adding a knee brace to the mix may also help you stabilize the knee and improve the healing process. In both cases, whether you require surgery or just rest, it is always best to then use a knee brace to help you fully recover and prevent further injury.

Summary:

So, as you can see, meniscal tears can occur suddenly and at any age. But, that does not mean you need to be afraid of them! With so many healing and recovery options out there, you can get back to feeling like your normal self and walking pain-free sooner. Firstly, review your symptoms, speak with your doctor, and then take appropriate healing and recovery steps. Also, do not underestimate the healing and pain relief abilities of knee support mechanisms, such as braces and sleeves. They are not only great for recovery but also reinjury prevention!

We hope you are now more aware of your recovery options for meniscus tears and wish you the best!

We also welcome your responses, so please let us know if you have any questions or comments.