If you tear the shock absorbing Meniscus cartilage that protects and cushions the shin and tibial bones as the knee joint bends and stops them rubbing together can result in swelling and pain and discomfort when bending the knee. This cartilage found in the knee can be more easily torn through vigorous usage of the knee such as in sports. Quickly twisting and turning the knee can cause the Meniscus cartilage to tear also having tightness in your Meniscus cartilage or tightness in supporting muscles and playing sport or exercise can significantly increase your risk of tearing the Meniscus so it is advised to warm up thoroughly before sport or exercise of the knees.
Tearing this cartilage in your knee can be down to a number of things but mostly it can be down to your own fault by either running in a way your shouldn’t or not warming up before playing sport. The most common reason why people get torn knee cartilages even after properly warming up is having bad form when running or jumping as this can place pressure and create tightness in the knees as well as placing the knee into a vulnerable and damaging position. Wearing a knee support can greatly help keep your form when putting your knees through their paces in vigorous activities as well as supporting and compressing the knee easing strain and tightness off the knee.
If you dont do anything about preventing this injury you might regret it!
Torn cartilage in the knee has been linked to knee osteoarthritis as damaging the Meniscus that protect the shin and tibial bones can cause these bones to become exposed increasing and more vulnerable to osteoarthritis of the knee which you can read more about over here.
Damage to the Meniscus cartilage can take a while to heal. It is important to remember that because your knee will be less able to support and protect your ligaments and bones in your knees from shock and wear and tear you must wait until you are fully recovered before going back into playing sport or using your knees vigorously again otherwise you might make things a whole lot worse for yourself.
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