Knee Meniscus Treatment in Fort Myers, FL

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Discover Why Ignoring A Torn Knee Meniscus Can Cripple You for Life

Discover Why Ignoring A Torn Knee Meniscus Can Cripple You for Life

How One Patient Got to the Root of His Pain for Good…
Without Surgery!

Married for thirty-three years, Craig and Amanda enjoyed the outdoor Ft. Myer lifestyle… until Craig’s knee gave out. 

They enjoyed seashell hunting on Sanibel Lighthouse Park Beach.

 Sometimes Craig used to fish off the Ft. Myer Beach Fishing Pier while Amanda hopped on the trolly and explored nearby shops.

 But… not anymore.

Craig’s left knee had been bothering him for months, but he soldiered on. 

He didn’t want to see a doctor about it, so he fought the pain with over-the-counter pain pills. 

He had stabbing pain each time he got out of bed in the morning.

 Craig could barely hobble to the bathroom. 

So, Amanda took on all the shopping and household chores alone. Their days of enjoying an active lifestyle together were over.

Amanda finally made Craig see a Chiropractor, but the pain relief was only temporary. 

Then, he went to an orthopedic doctor but couldn’t afford the surgery. 

What happened to Craig is something called a Torn Knee Meniscus. It happens to approximately one million people in the U.S. each year. 

Fortunately, a friend introduced them to my Gray Method™, a conservative non-invasive knee treatment.  Craig is now 100% cured without surgery or drugs!

What is a Knee Meniscus, and How Does it Get Torn?

What is a Knee Meniscus, and How Does it Get Torn?

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.

What Does It Feel Like if I Tear the Meniscus in My Knee?

What Does It Feel Like if I Tear the Meniscus in My Knee?

The pain sensation depends on whether the tear results from slow degeneration or an immediate accident.

 In Craig’s case, he experienced intermittent pain for months. He ignored it, and gradually the pain increased in intensity and duration until he could barely walk. 

Generally, if you have a torn knee meniscus, you’ll experience one or more symptoms such as:

  • Pain in and around the knee 
  • Swelling around the knee
  • You can feel and hear a popping sensation at the moment of injury
  • Difficulty bending or straightening the leg
  • You feel your knee get “stuck” or locked up like an old door hinge

Initially, the pain you feel may not be too bad, and you can keep walking or playing for a while. 

However, once the inflammation sets in, it’s going to hurt quite a bit, and you won’t be able to walk far, if at all. It can take a few days for knee pain, swelling and stiffness to set in with an injury.

 You’ll notice the pain more when you rotate the knee or when you put weight on it.

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The Six Types of Excruciating Meniscal Tears

The Six Types of Excruciating Meniscal Tears

Six types of tears or damage can happen to your knee’s meniscus.
  1. Intrasubstance/Incomplete Tear: A small blister forms within the substance of your knee cartilage. These painful blisters can break through the surface, causing a horizontal cleavage tear.knee meniscus treatment
  2. Radial Tear: These tears are within the area of the knee where there is no blood supply. They can’t heal with no blood flow and usually require surgery.
  3. Horizontal Tear: A horizontal tear runs along the circumference. If it’s near the outer edge wherethere is blood supply, there is healing potential. 
  4. Flap Tear: This condition causes symptoms of catching in the knee. Surgery works well and doesn’t remove much tissue at all.
  5. Complex Tear: A complex tear is a combination of tears involving both radial and horizontal tear patterns. Depending on circumstances, repair or removal of some of the torn meniscus is possible.
  6. Bucket-Handle Tear: A bucket-handle tear often causes the knee to become stuck as the torn cartilage painfully blocks normal knee motion. Bucket-handle tears require surgery to allow the knee to start bending again.

So, what can you do about your knee pain?

Two Ways to Treat a Torn Knee Meniscus

Two Ways to Treat a Torn Knee Meniscus

There are two ways to treat this problem, a surgical approach or a conservative, non-surgical treatment.

Some surgical options include resection (cutting), repair, or replacement of meniscal tears.

A doctor may choose arthroscopic (keyhole) or open surgical techniques. Although knee surgery may work, studies show it causes further degeneration of the knee, which means you’re eventually going to need a knee replacement at some point in time!

Conservative treatment includes physical therapy, coupled with education.

In one study, 73% of patients receiving only physical therapy had the same reduced pain scores as those that had both PT and surgery.

 

Caution: Surgery May Not Be Your Best Option

Caution: Surgery May Not Be Your Best Option

Sometimes doctors perform a fake or “sham” surgery. A Helsinki University Hospital study concluded that “APM (knee surgery) offers no significant benefit over (sham) placebo knee surgery in patients with a degenerative meniscal tear and without knee osteoarthritis.”

In other words, surgery is not very effective in treating knee pain. It’s just expensive and painful.

It can have a failure rate within 5 years, from 20.2% to 24.3%. Meniscal knee surgery is not permanent, does not address the root cause of your pain, and can accelerate the onset of osteoarthritis. That means you’re trading one problem for another.

There is a better way to treat your knee pain than going under the knife.

 

The Gray Method™ Can Help Avoid Costly Surgery

The Gray Method™ Can Help Avoid Costly Surgery

Knee pain is a symptom of a much deeper problem. Surgery and pain pills are just temporary fixes.

We use a three-step approach to relieve your knee pain naturally and permanently.

Step 1

We take your medical history, find clues, and ask questions

Step 2

Cutting-edge physical exam where we’ll discern WHY your knee pain occurred in the first place

Step 3

You get a firm diagnosis and prognosis to treating your knees

That’s only the beginning. We uncover the root cause of your pain, not just prescribe a Band-Aid fix.

My breakthrough therapy, called the Gray Method™, is a non-surgical approach that leads to a permanent and natural solution to living without pain.

Our method recognizes the body’s three areas that create the most dysfunction, the thoracic spine, hips, feet, and ankles.

Typically, your knee problem stems from one of these areas, and unless you address it, no amount of surgery or pills will help you long-term.

Imagine Having Pain-Free Knees

Imagine Having Pain-Free Knees

Most knee injuries take months to heal. Using the Gray Method™ takes only weeks. Years ago, I was able to conquer years of my knee pain in just five weeks. Today, The Gray Method™ has helped hundreds of people live pain-free, without stiffness or limitations.

Fortunately for Craig and Amanda, they found my unique Gray Method™ for knee pain treatment. After just a few months, they could enjoy walking on the beach, together again, pain-free and without taking pills.

What about you?

Look How We’ve Helped Patients Suffering From Knee Pain Just Like You…

Look How We’ve Helped Patients Suffering From Knee Pain Just Like You…

“Dr. Gray treated my knee about a year ago. I walk 4.5 miles every morning, plus my husband and I can go on 25-mile bike rides.  I would definitely recommend Dr. Gray and his staff, very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. I am feeling so much better.”

Kim W.

“I had nagging knee pain that prevented me from training for my marathon. The team and BIM not only helped mitigate my knee pain, but they figured out WHY it was happening rather than just fixing the symptoms!”

Wisnick Bespleaun

Are You Ready to Walk Without Stiffness and Pain Again?

Are You Ready to Walk Without Stiffness and Pain Again?

It’s time to end your suffering. Get the answers to your questions about solving your knee pain. You have three easy options to let us help you, and there is no obligation:

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We will work together to solve your knee problem permanently.

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Please Note: The longer you wait, the harder your knee becomes to heal.

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