Torn Meniscus

A torn meniscus is one of the most common knee injuries. Any activity that causes you to forcefully twist or rotate your knee, especially when putting your full weight on it, can lead to a torn meniscus. 

Each of your knees has two C-shaped pieces of cartilage that act like a cushion between your shinbone and your thighbone.  The medial meniscus sits on the inside of the knee and the lateral meniscus sits on the outside of the knee. 

A torn meniscus causes pain, swelling and stiffness.  You also might feel a block to knee motion and have trouble extending your knee fully. 

Treatment

Treatment for a torn meniscus will depend on its size, type, and where it is located in the cartilage.  Initial treatment normally consists of rest, NSAIDs, and physical therapy.  If these conservative treatments fail, patients are faced with surgery depending on the location of the tear.  If the tear is on the outer third of the meniscus, which has good blood flow, arthroscopic surgery can potentially stitch it back together to heal.  If on the inner two thirds of the meniscus, which has no blood flow, it is likely the meniscus will have to be removed.  A third option, regardless of the tear location, is a single treatment of Orthowave High-energy Shockwave Therapy, the FDA approved non-invasive alternative to surgery for numerous orthopedic injuries.  

OrthoWave

If you answer yes, then OrthoWave HeSWT may be for you
  • Is the pain reducing your quality of life?
  • Have conservative treatments with your doctor failed?
  • Have you been suffering for at least 4 months?
  • Would you like to avoid the risks and downtime of surgery?
  • Are you looking for a proven regenerative treatment that works?
The energy delivered to an injury by HeSWT has numerous biological effects on bones, tendons and other soft tissue.
  • Breaks down scar tissue, calcifications, and plaque
  • Increases blood flow through vascular growth
  • Immediately decreases pain with analgesic effects
  • Initiates a regenerative and tissue-repairing effect in tissue, including the up-regulation of numerous growth factors
HeSWT has been studied and used extensively for over 20 years.
  • There are hundreds of studies proving the safety and efficacy of OrthoWave HeSWT for orthopedic injuries
  • No serious nor long-term complication has ever been observed
  • Fully FDA approved, Class 3, medical device
  • OrthoWave is true HeSWT; with Sonex, you know you are getting the best.
OrthoWave non-invasive treatment completed in office.
  • Only a single 40 min treatment is required to end the pain
  • Prior to treatment, a local anesthetic is often administered to numb the treatment site
  • You are positioned in an exam chair, ultrasound gel applied, and the HeSWT treatment head placed precisely against the injury site
  • 3000 to 4000 shockwaves are delivered at a specific frequency/energy level while ensuring your comfort
  • Post treatment instructions are provided and you are able to leave immediately
OrthoWave is completely non-invasive so there is no lengthy recovery period, time off from work, nor risk of complications like invasive surgery.
  • High-impact activities need to be avoided for 30 days but no restrictions on routine activities (work, shopping, etc)
  • Physical therapy and braces/boots are not required
  • Most patients see a significant decrease in pain immediately
  • Greatest improvement realized over first 30 days but healing continues for several months
  • Waiting 30 days is often hardest part as the injury quickly feels good for the first time in a long time…just give it some time to fully heal
Shockwave Therapy is an effective non-surgical treatment for numerous injuries. Please contact us to learn more about Shockwave Therapy, the injuries we treat, if you are a candidate, and how we can help get you back to life pain free.

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