Meniscus Tear Treatment, A Holistic Approach

Meniscus tear in the knee can heal itself depending on many factors like your level daily activity, age, time frame, etc. The faster you want to get back your life before the meniscus tear will determine which route is best for you to pursue.

While most people think that the answer to a meniscus tear treatment 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.

Meniscus Tear First Step

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 meniscus 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 feeling healthier.

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Bill is “The Knee Pain Guru” and The Best in the World at Eliminating Knee Pain without Drugs, Shots or Surgery.”

He has over 26 years of martial art and body work experience understanding movement and tensions patterns that lead to physical pain.

Bill’s believes the nervous system is the key to the body’s healing and the bridges the gap between what we currently know and the infinite possibilities of what we don’t know yet how the body can heal itself. Coupled with comfort this combination creates the shortest distance between a life riddled with pain to a physical life fully mobile and self expressed.

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78 comments on “Meniscus Tear Treatment, A Holistic Approach

  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
    wait to take a look when I get home. I’m surprised at how fast your blog loaded on my cell phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .
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  7. 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.

      Adam on behalf of Bill

  8. 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.

      Adam on behalf of Bill

      • I have slight pain in my knee when sitting cross legged like its twisted…twisted my knee a few months back but the pain went away no problem super fast too, now this seemingly out of nowhere, want to avoid further injury and heal this so I can enjoy more yoga poses again and simply sitting how I choose. Also when bent if I press …gently if course , right under the knee cap then I also feel the twisted sensation like when I am cross legged. What do you think?

  9. 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

  10. 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.

    • 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

  11. 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

    • 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.

      Kind regards,

      Mimi | Customer Service

  12. 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.

    • 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,

      Customer Support

  13. 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.

    • 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.

      Kind regards,

      Mimi | Customer Service

  14. 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!


    Cristina Velez

  15. Hi, my name is Logen. I had been diagnosed with medial meniscus tear on my right (dominant) knee. I opted for non-surgical treatment. I had Suplasyn injection 4 weeks back and on physiotherapy since then.

    I am still feeling some discomfort while walking (sometime I can hear popping sound around my knee). I can feel some pain when climbing up the stairs and the pain is slightly severe when climbing down.

    1 month has passed since I started physio session, I am not seeing any noticeable improvement, but it’s not getting any worse either. My doctor suggested for surgery but I wanted to continue with physio for another month before decide on surgery.
    Can someone advise me on the next step? Should I go for surgery after one month? Or should I go for second opinion? What are the complexities of surgery?

    I am kind of worried because I am just 26 and I want to be able to walk freely and play badminton again.


  16. Hi, I have a meniscus tear (it is flap tear in the anterior horn of the lateral meniscus) in 6 months back and I have been to 3 doctors who all recommended surgery. I would like to avoid surgery but am not sure if there is still possibility of healing after 6 mths. The swelling has stop as of now but the injury does limit some of the activities eg squatting, running etc. Is there anything that I should try doing before proceeding with the surgery? Appreciate your help on this

  17. Hi
    I tore my act and damaged my meniscus and I really want to get back to playing basketball and I also did a surgery, what can I do to speed up my recovery

  18. Hi, I have torn meniscus in my left knee( posterior horn medial meniscus) and doctor advised me to go for surgery. But my knee condition is not as worst as meniscus patient face.My knee do not lock , no swelling, no pain in motion but there is slight pain in a specific movement when climbing and getting down the stairs. Also when i drive and press the clutch.
    Should i go for surgery or is there any other option to avoid it.
    Please suggest.

    • Sunny – That’s an interesting call whether to go for surgery or not and ultimately a decision you’ll have to make. My decision for my knee was to go for the surgery because of the damage I continued to do to the meniscus and the ligament in my left knee. If you prepare correctly before hand and have a strategy after the surgery that can be a very quick option for getting past this situation the fastest.

      A natural approach without surgery can also be realized as I believe the body has the capacity to heal itself. This would take more care and effort because we are working with a knee joint that is not mechanically sound.

      Either way I could help you with an approach to get you to place free of knee pain.

      What are your thoughts?


  19. Hi, I’m a 61 yr old woman, my left knee began hurting 3 months ago,c clicking and when I moved felt like it would give way, after a consult with a nurse who said it was a ligament, to cut a long story short I took myself off to a physio 7 weeks ago. She said it definitely was not a ligament, but patella tracking syndrome, she referred me back for an xray 2 weeks ago which shows miid osteoarthritis.
    My knee has improved a little, is not cracking loudly now, worst thing is in bed at night, really difficult to straighten the knee without pain, there is also a coin sized swelling that hurts on the front of the knee towards the lateral side of the knee, pain on the medial aspect on walking.
    I suffer from your, but recent blood test showed no raised uric acid levels ( I take 100mg of Allopurinol daily) also diabetes was negative.
    I suffer from disc problems in my lower back, do you think this could be the cause of this knee pain, I still exercise in water 2 Hrs a day, and prior to this walked 2 miles a day with no problem, would be very grateful for your opinion
    Many thanks!

  20. Hello! About 9 weeks ago I was stepping down my stairs and on the first step my knee crunched. I knew immediately something happened. I’m 36 and small frame 115 pounds so its definitely not a weight issue. I went to the orthopedic specialist about a month ago. He performed xrays and check my knee out. All that was said was I have a torn meniscus and a cortisone shot was injected. The shot did nothing for me….He told me since my insurance renewed in January I should wait for an MRI and then we would talk about surgery. Honestly I don’t want to have surgery. I can not afford to be out of work and almost positive my employer would let me go if I was out for any length of time. So confused and want to find a natural alternative. Just this weekend I was in the mountains and was walking on an incline and my knee crunched again…now my knee crunched going up and downstairs and also when I walk now. I don’t really have any pain associated with this. Just trying to figure it out. Thanks

  21. Hi Sir,
    I’m 22. I injured my left knee while playing cricket. I thought it’ll heal by itself and just ignored the little pain it was causing.
    I even played cricket again. During this period (five months), the pain increased a little. So, I thought it would be wise to consult a doctor. After an X-ray, which revealed nothing, I had an MRI&CT which showed there is a horizontal tear in the lateral meniscus.
    And now, the doctor suggests I have to undergo a surgery, which I’m really really afraid of the overall outcome.
    Will it heal by itself and can I run in and bowl fast again?
    At least can I run fast?
    I’m going for the tests, that precede the surgery tomorrow.
    Please help me.
    Thanks in advance.

  22. I HAVE THREE TEARS IN MY left knee meniscus and they have been there for a year. My doc suggested physiotherapy but not had the appointment yet ! I use the gym and my trainer is trying to build the muscle above and below the knee with me, but I am still in pain when I walk, especially down stairs and when I wake up. What advise have you. Oh apparently two of the tears are from old age and were only discovered when the third one happened and I had an MRI which showed them up! Many thanks.

  23. HI Bill,
    Thank you for this wonderful info. My mother is suffering from joint pain from last 5 years . We visited several doctors/hospitals . They all said that she need to get operated but we observed so many people still suffering after joint replacement surgery and apart from that there is still scope for bacteria development and few other dangers after surgery .No body want to take that risk , at least not me .The gap between her joints reduced from one side in both of the joints and she feels pain. MAY i request you to please share your view on this if we can ignore the surgery .
    (If you need any other info please feel free to write me on my e mail).

    Thanks again for your time .
    Stay healthy .

  24. Hi,

    i had meniscus was ok till few months.Now a days i stared getting pain.Do i need to check with the Dr


  25. Hello kneepainguru..I am 33yrs old and work a lot using my knees..i hike anywhere from 2-4 miles a day on incline and decline terrain..recently I have had swelling behind my left knee and some pain down the left side of my calf with a small swelling bump just to the left of my kneecap..After reading about meniscus tears I believe I have a small tear..I am worried because I have to use my knees to work at my age do you think I could have a speedy recovery and do you think it is a small tear and can the inflammation be other areas of my knee working too hard to make up for a this tear?

      • The doctor has not done an MRI at this point. The Physical therapist seems to think that there is a small tear in my meniscus causing a slight bump of swelling when I am on it working or utilizing my knees for a period of time. He said surgery to repair is unlikely and going in to remove some of the meniscus Is possible if swelling and pain continue..Is it possible to go back to work hiking 2-4 miles a day or does this end my career..I received this injury playing basketball in Jan.

  26. Thanks for the speedy reply..I went to the Doctors office 10 days ago. This is a workwans compensation case so I feel like he did not give me an MRI because of the process. His assessment was “overuse injury of fat pad and lateral gastronemius tendon”…my doctors appointment is next Monday I wanted him to do the MRI before then so I could start the process of healing as quick as possible..would they do surgery on a a small meniscus tear? Are there minor surgets that can have me back working in 3-4 weeks

    • Christopher
      I don’t know what your doctor would propose as far as the surgery goes.
      – It depends on the doctor.
      – It depends on the size of the tear.
      – It depends on how active you are.
      – It depends on your age.
      Keep me posted on what the doctor suggests after your appointment on Monday.

  27. Hi Kneepainguru

    I injured my left knee while doing cricket bowling and felt my leg twisted.
    In MRI it came to know that there is partial ACL year and third grade lateral meniscus tear(bucket handle tear). I m so worried , can this meniscus tear can be healed without surgery etc, if it is so then what precaution, food and excersise I should follow and how long it will take to get recovered. It’s been 30 days when I got injured , now there is no pain n no swelling etc and I can walk easily but while bending my leg I feel some sound like getting away and in of my joint on outer side .
    Kindly suggest .
    I am from India

    • Amit
      I just spoke with client about this on Friday. He’s choosing to go with surgery. Bucket handle tears are very difficult to heal if at all because in order for the meniscus to heal it needs to be in the correct place in your knee joint. Just like a broken bone needs to be in the correct place in order for the bone to heal properly.

  28. KneePainGuru,

    Hey, I was wondering if any foods or certain kinds of foods that will help a bucket handle meniscus tear repair quickly. I am currently 15 turning 16 on May 31, recently I tore my meniscus on February 23 and got the surgery done on March 20. The doctor said about 6 months I can return to playing sports again but do you think it can heal faster in less months because I am of younger age?
    Thank You

  29. hi Mr bill i just want some information as i have a pain in my left knee sometimes it becomes severe sometimes normal and now i got the same pain in my right knee as well so my both shoulders are also affecting with the same problem what should i do in this case

    • Got it…Well here’s the deal. I can get you out of pain. No problem however if the degree of tear is such that you keep catching the edge of the meniscus. That can throw you right back into pain as if we didn’t do anything. Now if the degree of tear is truly tiny then we get you out of pain and address the knee with diet and supplementation to give your body the conditions to heal the knee, then you’ll be good to go.

      Not knowing the degree of tear becomes a crap shoot…

      Does that makes sense?

  30. I have been taking the product Move Free with glucosamine sulfate, going to physical therapy and not performing my usual work duties of 2-4 miles of hiking..In hopes of a quick recovery. I am 33 years old and open to any advice on healthy eating and workouts to strengthen the knee and. Miniscus?

    • Christopher,
      You may be a fit for one of my programs where I work with clients one on one to customize a strategy for them to get out of pain while setting up the conditions so your body can heal your knee.

      Here’s a link to my online calendar to setup a time so I can learn more about what you have going on and see if it’s a fit for us to work together:

      Talk soon,

  31. The day I decided it was not healing but getting worse was after a week of work and swelling had caused my knee to be very painful when fully extended or trying to bend my knee to a 90 degree angle…with the usual swelling bump to my left of the kneecap on my left leg

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