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Meniscal Surgery = Meniscal Removal
The menisci consist of semilunar fibrocartilage, partly filling the space
between the femoral and tibial bones. Four principal functions are ascribed
to the menisci:
1. To spread a thin film of synovial fluid which provides
nutrition to the articular cartilage
2. To act as shock absorbers
3. To increase the stability of the knee joint
4. To aid in the complex
rotatory mechanics of the knee joint.
Meniscus injuries occur in most sports,
but most commonly occur in contact sports. They often occur in combination
with ligament injuries,
particularly when the medial meniscus is involved. This is partly because
the medial meniscus is attached to the medial collateral ligament and partly
because tackles are often directed towards the lateral side of the knee,
causing external rotation of the tibia.
Injury to the medial meniscus is about five
times more common than injury to the lateral meniscus.(1)
By knowing the
function of the meniscus, it is possible to predict what will happen when
meniscal tissue is shaved or removed. Since it provides some of the nutrition
to the articular cartilage, its removal will aid in the demise of the cartilage.
If the cartilage is damaged, then the pressures on the bone will be too
great and arthritis will soon follow. This is not the only reason why articular
cartilage damage is sure to follow after meniscectomy. The removal of the
menisci allows too much pressure to be put on the articular cartilage,
thus lessening the shock absorption. This is why cartilage damage and proliferative
arthritis must be the end result of meniscal removal. No other option is
available. If the surgeon removes the meniscus, arthritis is the end result.
If that were not enough, the menisci aid in the stability of the knee.
If they are removed, the knee is left with too much motion and becomes
unstable. This also increases the likelihood of articular cartilage damage
and subsequent arthritis.
Arthroscopic shaving and removal of the meniscus
would therefore be expected to result in the progression of arthritis in
Study Shows Increased Contact Stress Pressure
been numerous studies showing that the contact stress pressure on
the articular cartilage significantly increases after meniscal
study showed that after partial meniscectomy, the contact stress
pressures increased by 110 percent and after total meniscectomy they
increased 200 percent. Their conclusion was expected. "The contact stresses
increased in proportion to the amount of meniscus removed.18 Other studies
have shown even greater increases in pressure, causing from a 450 to 600
percent (six times) increase in pressure on the tibia bone and articular
cartilage when the meniscus is removed." (4,5)
Menisci are normally
shaved or removed because they are believed to repair so poorly.
Menisci have poor blood supply. This is one of the reasons they heal
poorly. The best treatment option in our opinion is to increase the
circulation to the damaged menisci.
Ross Hauser, MD is the Medical Director of
Caring Medical & Rehabilitation Services in Oak Park,
Illinois, just outside of Chicago. Dr. Hauser is a Prolotherapy
doctor who treats athletes and chronic pain patients from
around the world, specializing in difficult chronic pain
and sports injury cases. In this video, he discusses his
experience treating meniscus tear injuries and using Prolotherapy
treatment for meniscus rehab. The knee is the number one
area treated at Caring Medical, and many of those are patients
suffering from continued pain after they have undergone meniscus
surgery, as well as those wanting to avoid meniscectomy in
the first place. Dr. Hauser's Prolotherapy technique provides
an alternative to knee surgery, as well as a way to alleviate
chronic pain resulting after these surgeries. For more information,
and to become a patient, visit www.caringmedical.com.
Prolotherapy Injections to
Ross Hauser, MD is a Prolotherapy doctor and
Medical Director of Caring Medical and Rehabilitation Services
in Oak Park, Illinois. In this video, Dr. Hauser performs
a Prolotherapy treatment to a knee, demonstrating the Prolotherapy
injection technique practiced at Caring Medical. Dr. Hauser
treats patients from around the globe with Hackett-Hemwall
Prolotherapy and has found it is an excellent alternative
to knee surgery, NSAID treatment, and cortisone injections.
If you would like to see our other videos on Prolotherapy,
or would like to email us to see if Prolotherapy can help
your knee pain, please visit www.caringmedical.com.
Prolotherapy can be used in almost all painful knee conditions
and injuries, including: meniscal tear, knee tendinosis,
osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, tendon injury,
ligament injury, ACL injury, anterior cruciate ligament tear,
MCL, injury, medial collateral ligament tear, iliotibial
band injury, sports injuries, and knee joint instability.
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is no known cure for arthritis. Prolotherapy and nutritional supplements
can help alleviate, reverse, or end arthritic pain by treating an underlying
cause that contributes to degenerative disease, ligament laxity. Strengthening
ligaments and other connective tissue can help prevent bone on bone arthritis