Meniscus Tear Treatment

A Meniscus Tear can reduce movement and cause pain and instability in the knee.

At Vitalis Physiotherapy, our treatment of meniscus tears aim to:

What is a meniscus tear?

The meniscus is a unique type of fibrocartilage that lines and supports the knee joint. It also acts like a cushion between the tibia (shin bone) and the femur (thigh bone). The meniscus absorbs shock and transfers weight between bones to maintain stability.

Meniscus tears can be debilitating, and common types include bucket handle, flap, and radial tears.

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What are the causes of a meniscus tear?

The exact cause and severity of a meniscus tear can vary, however there are some common factors which may contribute to diagnosis. These include:

  • Knee dislocations
  • Sports-related injuries – involving repetitive knee movement, e.g., netball, hockey, running, dancing, etc.
  • General wear and tear of the joints and cartilage over time
  • Falls
  • Trauma – e.g. car accident
  • Sudden force against the knee/movement of the leg
  • Preexisting structural abnormalities

Age and obesity may also contribute to injury.

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain in the knee
  • Knee catches or  locks in certain positions
  • Stiffness/inability to move the knee or leg
  • Tenderness
  • Reduced range of movement (bending)
  • Reduced strength
  • Sensation of the knee being unstable
  • Swelling and bruising
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Treatment for Meniscus Tears

If you suspect you have a meniscus tear, it is important to see a medical professional. You will likely be referred for an X-Ray or MRI to determine the cause and severity of the condition.


Physical therapy is highly beneficial in reducing associated symptoms. At Vitalis Physiotherapy, we tailor a unique treatment plan to aid in your recovery through:

  • Stretching, strengthening and/or conditioning exercises
  • Restoring range of movement
  • Postural improvement
  • Soft tissue mobilisations (massage)
  • Ice
  • Knee Brace
  • Shockwave Therapy
  • Dry needling
  • Taping
  • A unique home exercise program
  • Graded Exposure to load program

If the pain and reduced movement is severe, strenuous activity should be avoided. Your physiotherapist may also advise heat or ice application, rest and if necessary, pain medication. Additionally, they might recommend for you to use supportive braces or footwear.

How to book an appointment?

If you have a meniscus tear, or you’re looking for a ‘physiotherapist near me’, our physios at Vitalis Physiotherapy can assess your condition to tailor a unique rehabilitation plan to aid in your pain relief and recovery.

All you need to do is just give us a call on 0410 559 856 and request an initial appointment. Please let our friendly reception staff know the background and severity of your condition.

You can visit our FAQs for more information about appointments at Vitalis Physiotherapy.


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Are you in pain caused by a meniscus tear? Contact Vitalis Physiotherapy now to book in your treatment.

Call our friendly team on 0410 559 856. We’d love to help.

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