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Everyday, don’t you take many
things for granted? You go for your daily morning walk, workout
enthusiastically at the gym, climb flights of stairs to burn calories without
even pausing for a moment to ponder on how much you depend on the flexibility
and strength of your knees. But when they fail to cooperate, you are brought down
to your knees!
And that’s when you realize how
important your knee joints are and how important the fibrocartilage in the
middle of the knee - the meniscus - is. When this tears, the stability and the
strength of the knee are lost and the simplest of movements becomes almost
impossible. And it’s not as if the cartilage is not tough and elastic—the fact
that it protects bones, absorbs shocks and allows flexing and rotation is
enough proof of its resilience.
But trauma, strain or even a
twist to the knee can injure this fibrocartilage. Usually with rest, tears heal
by themselves, but as the meniscus has blood supply only in the outer portion,
a large portion is without it and hence the tear cannot heal by itself. Application
of ice packs and drugs do help in mitigating the symptoms to a large extent,
but the much-needed support for meniscus tears is provided only by knee braces.
Hence, doctors recommend a knee brace
for meniscus tears.
Most knee braces for
meniscus tears wrap around the knees, have adjustable Velcro straps that
help to ensure a tight fit and also have a hole in front in order to provide
support to the kneecap. These braces, while stabilizing the knee and providing
support, limit the range of motions and thus accelerate the healing process.
Let’s see how the braces do
Knee braces apply pressure to
both sides of the thigh bone and the calf bone and restrict movement so that
the meniscus is protected during activity of any sort. Also they prop up the
knee properly so that the tear is not aggravated in any way. Thus it is an
inexpensive but rather effective way of alleviating pain due to a meniscus tear
by providing the right amount of compression to keep the knee stable and
secure, helping increase circulation of blood and reducing knee movement.
The hinged brace is specifically designed to be used as a knee
brace for a meniscus tear as the adjustable hinges limit the extent to which
the knee can be bent and provide protection for not only the ligaments that
join the knee bones but also the menisci. The fabric used for the sleeve is
usually made from either neoprene or elastic, making the braces comfortable and
durable. Neoprene also provides soothing heat and compression and this takes
care of knee swelling and pain.
Sometimes the meniscus is torn so badly, that you might
have to undergo surgery, but even after this, doctors recommend the use of
braces. The knees need to recoup after the operation and the braces afford the
strength and support required. And it doesn’t end there. The braces have to be
worn regularly to minimize those sudden jerky movements that are bad for the