Meniscus Tear Treatment, A Holistic Approach

While most people think that the answer to a torn meniscus is surgery, a lot of the time arthroscopic surgery may not be necessary. Surprisingly enough, our bodies have the capability to repair torn cartilage if you have suffered an injury to the knee.

The first step in attempting to repair a meniscus tear is to provide your body with the proper nutrients it needs to reduce inflammation and mend the torn cartilage. Some foods, however, make the healing process much harder.

When you eat foods that are difficult for your body to digest, you stomach actually has an allergic reaction to the food, causing inflammation in your gut. These types of pro-inflammation foods, like foods that are high in Omega-6 fats like sunflower, peanut, and soybean oils should be avoided. Foods high in trans-fats, refined carbohydrates, and these Omega-6 fats are hard for your stomach to digest and can cause the gut inflammation that will slow down the healing process in your knee.

This type of inflammation is what your body works to fix first, putting the task of fixing the torn cartilage in your knee aside for later. When your body has inflammation, it uses naturally produced stem cells to reduce inflammation and heal the inflamed area. If you eat foods that you body does not have trouble digesting, those stem cells can work to fix the inflamed and torn cartilage in your knee.

There are also certain foods that help your body reduce inflammation. Fruits and vegetables, especially those high in antioxidants and good Omega-3 fats like avocados work to reduce inflammation in the body.

If you feed your body with the proper fuel it needs, it can begin to heal it’s own wounds, leaving not only your knee, but your entire body felling healthier.

Comments

  1. Thank You so much for this very informative and helpful report. I did have arthroscopy done on my right knee and it is worse than ever before. I have answered a questionnaire of yours. I have had PRP treatment. Consisting of three injections on each knee. I am due to go for a top up in November. I can already feel the effects wearing off from the injections. I did go for physio and I think the physio was too harsh as I read on the internet that one should not have massaging on the knee where the injections had been given and unfortunately the physio did carry out the massage on the knee. Once I had read that i stopped going but still do the eight exercises which she gave me. I am still in constant pain and will however, try your eating plan changes. I do eat a lot of avocados and do not eat nuts pulses, soy beans etc as I have had ulcerative cholitis and am allergic to nuts. I have vegetable juice each day, consisting of carrots, celery, ginger, apple, lime. Please let me know if I can make any further improvements.

  2. In 2009 I was involved in an accident, my knee cap was replaced, my muscle was re-attached, my tendons and ligaments were also re-attached. I have had knee pain since. I had scar tissue broken up in 2010 and more removed this year. I have seen several doctors, they always prescribe a new or larger dose of pain killers, anti inflammation drugs, and physical therapy. I try not to take pills. I have changed my diet and eat lots of avocado, fruits, vegetables, and coconut oil. Is there something more I can do, or so I just push myself to live as normal a life as possible through the pain.

  3. Hi Bill
    The guys I’ve seen about my medial meniscus tear tell me that because it is a radial tear starting from the inner edge, where there is very low blood flow and given my age (54 yrs) all have suggested other tear will not heal on its own and they do not recommend repairing with stitches or other similar technique. I prefer not to have surgery, I can walk up and down stairs with no pain, but wish to run again with no pain, which I can’t do now.
    What do you think?

  4. The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that often can’t repair itself due to it’s location in your body as well as its lack of blood flow. Similar to a broken tooth, you can’t simply put the broken pieces back together and expect them to heal – but a dentist could help you. Similarly with the meniscus, go see a sports medicine specific orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation and prognosis.

  5. My dad is 65 and has had knee surgery twice to repair torn cartilage. The second time was apparently because the first surgery had left a messy non-smooth surface, and the healing did not go well. By my understanding a bone graft has also been performed in this second surgery. He also had a blood clot in the leg after the second surgery. It has been about 5 months since the second surgery and he is still suffering a lot with the pain. He cannot walk without the pain getting worse and worse. Cycling on a recent holiday was a relief to walking. He is preferably an active man, working on a small farm and in his garden. He is taking glucosamine. Are there any suggestions of what he could do to improve his chances of healing or reduce the pain? I know he is thoroughly disappointed with the pain and wishes he didn’t even have the surgery since it seems so much worse now. Thanks,

    • Hi Rebecca – I hear your concern for your father. There is lots he can do to help himself with the pain. What is most important is HE do it. I’ve seen so many well meaning children and spouses try to help the ones they love with their knee pain only to continually be disheartened because it’s a typical “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make them drink” scenario. Your father needs to put the effort into his own healing and search for the answers and solutions for himself. I’m here if he needs me and he can setup a time to chat with me on Skype if he is serious about getting help. Sincerely, Bill

  6. Greetings from Los angeles! I’m bored to death at work so I decided to check out your website on my iphone during lunch break. I enjoy the knowledge you present here and can’t
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  7. considering surgery…any stats on the effectiveness of surgery vs. on and off PT?

  8. Deepti Arya says:

    Hi..i got medial meniscus injury 1 mnth bck while getting down from horse.i did bed rest for 3 weeks & then started walking with the help of knee brace. with in a week of starting walkng my pain worsened, this tym much more then what i had initially. i m back to bed rest since last 3 days still pain is not going away. please help me out

    • Hi Deepti,

      Thanks for your question. Have you been to your doctor since injury? What is your doctor opinion and what does he say is going on with your knee pain? Let me know and we then proceed further accordingly.

      Regards,
      Adam on behalf of Bill

  9. I am not sure where you are getting your info, but good topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.
    Thanks for excellent information I was looking for this info for my mission.

    • Hi Velva
      Thanks a lot for taking time and writing to us. We appreciate your feedback. Please feel free to contact us in case you have any questions and do visit the website regularly for more information about the Knee pain and how to curb it.

      Regards,
      Adam on behalf of Bill

  10. Hi Bill,
    I live in Australia and I have a torn meniscus. When you talk about anti inflammatory foods that will help , which one you refer to. Could you give us a list of recommended food . Highly appreciated. Thanks for your information and help

  11. Leonard M. Borucki says:

    I have a problem with blood circulation, would poor circulation cause knee pain in both knees when walking. The pain runs from the knee to the ankle.

    • Knee Pain Support Team says:

      Hi Leonard,

      Thank you for reaching out to us. To better assist you, I have contacted you directly via email.

      Kind regards,

      Mimi|Customer Support

  12. Ok. I have what my ortho doc thinks is a tear in my meniscus on the inside of my leg. It happened suddenly last week. I have been doing RiCE except for the C as I had no bandage. Because of the lack of insurance and my problems with NSAIDS ect. It is difficult to get the inflammation down. I already eat a Paleo diet. I use blue-emu cream. I am looking for a holistic approach to pain reduction in the knee and hopefully returning to normal life of a backpacker.
    Thanks Penny

    • Knee Pain Support Team says:

      Hi there Penny,

      Thank you for reaching out to us! I suggest booking a free 30 min consultation/knee evaluation with Bill to discuss what your experiencing. Bill will be able to provide great advice and recommendations/solutions for whats going on. If your interested, please click on the link below to complete the consultation form and schedule a date and time that is best for you. Feel free to reach out to me for further assistance.

      http://www.thekneepainguru.com/lp/knee-recovery-program/free-introductory-session/questionnaire/

      Kind regards,

      Mimi | Customer Service

  13. Juliet pineda says:

    Good evening.
    Im from the Phils. I weigh 321 lbs and my height is 5’4″. For a month, i had pain in my left knee, and had difficulty in walking. My ortho based on my xray said that my meniscus is thinning thus damaging my knee bone and my right knee is developing an injury too. My dr advised to inject (acid sounding) *** and that i would need three injections. Now for this type of injury, what foods would you recommend to help regenerate or aid in repairing my damaged meniscus. My dr said that i need to lose weight. Im determined to do that at the same time eat those that help my knee problem. Thank you.

    • Knee Pain Support Team says:

      Hi Juliet,

      Thank you for reaching out to us. To better assist you with your questions, I will reach out to you via email.

      Kind regards,

      Mimi
      Customer Support

  14. Hi Bill
    I have a problem with my knee and will appreciate if you can provide me with your contact the details so we can discuss and get some valuable advice from you. Thanks.

    • Knee Pain Support Team says:

      Hello Sarah,

      Thank you for reaching out to us! I suggest booking a free 30 min consultation/knee evaluation with Bill to discuss what your experiencing. Bill will be able to provide great advice and recommendations/solutions for whats going on. If your interested, please click on the link below to complete the consultation form and schedule a date and time that is best for you. Feel free to reach out to me for further assistance.

      http://www.thekneepainguru.com/lp/knee-recovery-program/free-introductory-session/questionnaire/

      Kind regards,

      Mimi | Customer Service

  15. Cristina Velez says:

    Hello Bill,
    My husband recently had an injury to his right knee while running home from gym, he saw an orthopedic who sent him for MRI. MRI said (without typing everything on it out) that he has complex, posterior horn tear of the meniscus (we have the images and paper report). His doctor said he wants him to do surgery-arthroscopy, didn’t mention any other details such as removing or repairing-and we would really love to avoid surgery if it is possible to do so. What can be done to heal the cartilage/meniscus without causing problems down the road (increasing risk of osteoarthritis etc etc)? I have a decent background on alternative medicine through my dad who studied it but not sure how much the meniscus itself can heal on its own since there is a large portion that has no blood supply…how does the body release natural stem cells and in what amounts? Looking for any extra info to help us heal him, he is willing and ready to avoid surgery especially if the dr and surgeon want to remove the torn piece rather than suture or repair it…Thank you!

    Sincerely,

    Cristina Velez

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