A meniscus tear is a common knee injury for athletes such as weight lifters, basketball players, and runners. Located between the femur and the tibia, the meniscus is a crescent-shaped rubbery structure that cushions the knee.
Each knee joint has two menisci. A meniscus tear is often caused when one suddenly pivots the leg when the foot is planted on the ground and the knee is bent [see diagram below]. This occurs when one creates a twisting or turning motion very quickly, which often happens when one plays sports or lifts something heavy. The meniscus gets worn out as a person ages, thus making one prone to such injuries.
Usual indicators of a meniscus tear is a slight pain or swelling in the area. Even if there is no swelling, one might feel pain when walking or when making sudden movements, for example, suddenly standing up after sitting for a very long time. The knee may also feel wobbly.
The simplest way to test for meniscus injuries is to check if it feels painful to squat. If it is, then most probably the meniscus is torn. Of course, the best way to confirm would be to visit your orthopaedic surgeon for a consult and have an MRI scan.
Meniscus tears can be treated and the treatment depends on the extent of the damage on the meniscus. Sometimes, a surgery may be required or recommended by the orthopaedic surgeon. This is often followed by six months of recovery.
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If surgery is not really necessary, a meniscus tear can be healed by undergoing physiotherapy treatments. Alternatively, meniscus tears can also heal through the use of knee braces or compression knee sleeves, if the injury is not severe or is on the mend after surgery.
Knee Braces for a Meniscus Tear
As an alternative to treatment procedures such as surgeries and physiotherapy sessions, here are the best knee braces for a meniscus tear:
DonJoy OA Reaction TriFit Web Knee Brace
This knee brace is a three-dimensional osteoarthritis knee brace which is constructed for a personal and custom fit to suit the wearer’s lifestyle. As a non-invasive alternative to surgery and medication, this knee brace is a supportive solution that can be incorporated into any lifestyle efficiently and comfortably. It is good for anyone and for any activity, and is said to be the perfect antidote to an aching knee.
Braceability Meniscus Knee Brace
This knee brace has two-part design that provides optimum support for meniscus injuries. Above the knee is a wrap design that makes the brace easy to apply. Below the knee is a sleeve that makes the brace useful for dealing with inflammation, thus promoting healing and reducing the risk of blood clots.
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The two parts are hinged to allow extension and movement of the knees. Even though it provides heavy-duty support, the brace is unexpectedly lightweight which makes for a comfortable wear.
Compression Sleeves for Minor Meniscus Tears
Compression sleeves are also great for very minor tears or for post-surgery recovery or rehabilitation period.
To help you decide which one to go with check out our article about the differences between knee sleeves and knee braces for more information on what each is best used for.
In either of these cases, here are the best compression sleeves for meniscus tears:
365Warrior Compression Knee Sleeve
This knee sleeve is made of a knitted, four way stretchable material that prevents constriction and offers adequate compression that helps blood circulation. It is made of a breathable fabric that wicks moisture to add comfort. It also has a contoured design for a perfect fit that does not slip or bunch up, even when in motion.
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While it is a little pricier compared to other compression knee sleeves, this is actually recommended during post-surgery to provide support and for faster rehabilitation. This knee sleeve also offers support for other injuries like arthritis, sprains, and patella dislocation.
Fire Team Fit Knee Sleeve Compression Support
This knee sleeve is designed to provide support to the knees during training or performance. It is made of breathable neoprene fabric that is lightweight, providing warmth while still allowing for flexibility of movement. Because it provides excellent stabilisation, this brand of knee sleeve is a popular choice among weight-lifters as it is ideal for performing squats, deadlifts, lunges, and other activities that compromises the knees.
Take note that these are not for severe meniscal tears and injuries. In the end, the use of these knee braces and compression knee sleeves will depend on the results of the MRI scans and on the recommendations of the doctor. Thus, if you feel any of the signs and symptoms mentioned above, it is always best to consult your doctor first before taking any action.
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