A meniscus tear is a tear in the cartilages (menisci) that are located between the femur and tibia bones in the lower leg. The menisci provide stability and help distribute body weight by keeping the bones from rubbing together. As shock absorbers, the menisci help absorb the pressure exerted on the knee joint.
A meniscal tear is caused by sudden twisting or other movements that may occur from sports or related injuries. Meniscal tears can also occur from degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis. Acupuncture treatment for a meniscal tear focuses on keeping pain and inflammation under control. Acupuncture will also help keep the swelling down. With this treatment, you can regain your mobility and eventually return to normal activity.
If arthroscopic surgery is necessary to mend the meniscus tear, acupuncture will still provide pain relief, a reduction in inflammation and a faster recovery time post-surgery.