Hi, I’m Dr. Scott Gray, a Doctor of Physical Therapy in Fort Myers.
I see hundreds of patients suffering from this. Fortunately, I was able to help him with a method I developed while treating my injured knees. I’ll get to that in just a moment.
First, let me talk about your knees.
A healthy knee joint contains two C-shaped pieces of cartilage called the menisci. The cartilage growing inside the knee joint is the medial meniscus, and the outside is the lateral meniscus.
They act as shock absorbers for your knees. The cartilage is smooth, flexible, and rubbery, allowing the joints to move freely.
If the meniscus gets torn, it cause knee pain, popping, clicking, and “catching”.
How Is the Meniscus Torn?
There are two ways people get meniscal tears. The first is from an injury such as a sports injury like what happened to me.
The second is age-related, like Craig’s condition. The cartilage degenerates or wears out.
The most common meniscal tears we see are in patients 40 or older who have degenerative tearing.
When you’re older, the injury usually does not appear quite so suddenly.
Cartilage can wear thin and weaken, making it more prone to tearing. It can happen when you twist and bend down to pick up a pet food dish or get up out of a chair.
My older patients can’t tell me when it happened.
They just tell me that “their knee started hurting a few months ago.” However, meniscal tears happen when we impact, twist, or rotate the knee too far.
It’s common in younger athletes who play sports.