Custom meniscus braces are lightweight, easy to use, non-surgical treatment option for meniscus injuries. They help to stabilize and prevent further damage to the knee with activities and can be used before and after surgery.
Your knee meniscus is a fibrocartilage that separates thigh bone (femur) from your shin bone (tibia). It is commonly referred to as “cartilage”. Each knee has a medial (inner) meniscus and a lateral (outer) meniscus. Your meniscus assists with rotational stability and shock absorption with impact activities.
A meniscus injury can occur with activity that involves twisting, jumping and squatting or through normal age related wear and tear. A meniscus injury often occurs with other tissue damage such as ACL and MCL injuries. It can vary in severity from minor to severe. Having this injury will cause knee pain, swelling, tenderness, affect the movement in your knee and ultimately prevent normal function, activity or sport participation.
Unfortunately meniscal blood supply is limited which makes healing more difficult. Your meniscus receives its nutrition from blood and synovial fluid within the joint. Your meniscus has two distinct regions that affect their ability to heal. We call these, “Red Zone” and “White Zone”.
Red Zone: The Red Zone is located on the outside of the meniscus and has a good blood supply which helps with its recovery and if a tear is present here it is more likely to heal.
White Zone: The White Zone is located on the inside of the meniscus. It receives its nutrition from the synovial fluid and as a result injuries here do not usually heal well due to a lack of blood supply.