Torn Meniscus of the Knee
There are two menisci in each knee called the medial and lateral meniscus. They serve three key purposes: absorb shock, transfer the load from the upper leg to the lower leg, and also stabilize the knee joint. The menisci really take a beating during the day. A person weighing 100-pounds exerts 150-pounds of force on each knee at each step. Obesity can triple the weight burden. If you are an obese marathoner, the forces become even tougher for your cartilage pads to bear. While knee meniscus tears are common with athletes, as we pass 50, our menisci age as well. They can dry out and tear, especially if we are developing osteoarthritis of the knee.
What does a knee meniscus tear feel like?
- Feelings of popping
- Aches or pains when rotating knee
- Hard to straighten the knee
- Locked knee sensation
- Stiffness and swelling
How does Dr. Greenberg diagnose and treat a meniscus tear?
Dr. Greenberg and his team will review your medical history and perform a Comprehensive Kinetic Diagnosis. They are searching for the root cause of the meniscus tear. Sometimes it can be directly tied to a recent physical injury. Or it can be caused by a biomechanical imbalance that is not related to the knee. For example, your posture can be skewed to one side because the arch in your foot has weakened, or an ankle has been slightly twisted, or one of your legs is shorter than the other. Another potential clue is apparent in your pelvic tilt. They all can cause a meniscus tear. A Comprehensive Kinetic Diagnosis enables the treatment team to rebalance your legs, remove stressors on your knee, remove pressure from your menisci, and return your body to a healthy equilibrium that is pain-free. They do it naturally without steroids or opioids.
Is there a safe, natural alternative to meniscus surgery?
Dr. Greenberg may recommend Kinetic Regeneration Therapy (KRT), which is a non-surgical approach that seeks to naturally reverse meniscus tears by regenerating new meniscus in your knees and reducing pain. He will treat your knee injury by helping to regenerate the joint system. Dr. Greenberg will administer a healing and synergistic cascade of Prolotherapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) and Stem Cell Treatments.
Kinetic Regeneration Therapy uses the body’s natural components to stabilize the knee and the surrounding area, including all the soft tissues and strengthening bone structures. Dr. Greenberg will discuss the features of each treatment and explain the therapeutic option that is most appropriate for your case.
Doctor Greenberg published the first knee meniscus regeneration treatment in 2018. The team used treatments of adipose-derived regenerative cells (ADRCs) and platelet-rich plasma to regenerate meniscus and repair a torn meniscus of the knee. They permanently eliminated a painful, chronic condition for the patient.
Kinetic Regeneration Therapy is an excellent choice for people who are looking for a non-invasive alternative to surgery that has lower infection risks, shorter recovery times and is opioid-free. Kinetic Regeneration Therapy treats you holistically, renews you physically and seeks to rekindle a feeling of wellness so you become a healthier and happier YOU.
If you or a loved one is looking for a new strategy to treat chronic aches and pains, fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or call Dr. Greenberg’s office today at 833-440-4325.
J Med Cases, 2018:9(7);221-225, Comella, Greenberg, Ross; Intra-Articular Implantation of Stromal Vascular Fraction Plus Platelet Rich Plasma in a Degenerative Meniscal Injury