The meniscus is the spongy covering that lays on top of the tibia (shin bone). It's main purpose is as a shock absorber and smooth surface which allows the tibia and femur to glide past one another.
There are times when the meniscus can have too much pressure applied to it which can cause it to tear. When damage does occur to the meniscus it is most commonly found in the back section also known as the posterior horn.
Many people may not even be aware that they have a damaged meniscus. In fact, even if you do have knee pain, there is a good chance the a torn meniscus isn't the cause of your pain. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, 61% of the people in their study who had meniscal tears had had no pain, aching, or stiffness during the previous month.
For many people a torn meniscus can cause a lot of concern, and although drastic procedures like surgery are sometimes pursued as treatments, research has shown that surgical intervention for a torn meniscus doesn't lead to any better outcome than conservative treatment for your knee.
If you're looking for less invasive options to help treat your torn meniscus, a Hand and Foot Chiropractor may be the best path to choose. Click below to find treatment options from Orlando's Foot, Knee & Hand Chiropractor, Dr. Joel Dayton.