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Meniscus Injury


What is a meniscus injury?

The meniscus is a fibrocartilage disc in the knee joint, separating the thigh (femur) and shin (tibia) bones. It aids with rotational stability of the ACL and acts as a shock absorber when walking, running and jumping. Occasionally, the meniscus can suffer injury in the form of a tear caused by twisting on a slightly flexed knee. Partial or total tears can occur and are most often sports-related. 

Common Presentation:

  • Pain when attempting to straighten, bend or twist the knee

  • Clicking, popping or locking of the knee

  • Swelling may occur soon or several hours after injury due to inflammation


  • Warming up and stretching before exercise, cooling down after exercise

  • Gradual increase of intensity of training

  • Adequate footwear - this will provide proper support so that knees are kept stable

  • Allow adequate recovery time between training sessions and workouts

Our Treatment Focus

  • Meniscal tears occurring in the red zone (part of meniscus that has blood supply) will respond quickly to physiotherapy treatment

  • Physiotherapists can offer a conservative approach when managing patients with meniscus injuries. Our treatment focuses on pain relief, restoring function and mobility and this is facilitated via a range of treatment techniques offered by our therapist:

  • - Mobilisation techniques

At-home Exercise Recommendations

Please note that you should always consult with your doctor or physiotherapist prior to attempting these exercises. Alternatively, feel free to call us on 1300 16 16 88 to speak to one of our physiotherapists to see whether these exercises are suitable for you.

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Begin by standing with a wall or table to support your balance. Bend and straighten the knee as far as your range of movement and pain will allow. Attempt 10-20 repetitions, 3 times a day. You can also increase difficulty of this exercise by holding your leg at the end of range.

Flexion-extension Exercise 

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Half- Squat

Standing shoulder width apart, squat down placing pressure on the heels of your fee. Stop when you reach about half way, and slowly lift yourself back up while squeezing your glute muscles. 

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