Support For A Torn Meniscus with Joint Nutrients – Invite Health Podcast, Episode 137
Invite Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey. Ph
Let’s talk about supporting your meniscus after an injury. Below each knee, there are two rubbery cartilage bands that are called the meniscus. They act like a cushion for your knee joint, thigh bone and shin bone; they keep it in place and support it when you walk. It also keeps that connection between the long bones in your leg more stable. The inside meniscus is called the medial meniscus and the outside is called the lateral meniscus. A tear in the meniscus is a very common injury. If the injury is severe or it is completely out of place you might need surgery to repair it. But for a less than severe tear, oftentimes physical therapy, rest and ice can heal it.
However, with age, your meniscus degenerates and you are more likely to tear it, rather than when you are younger and may damage it during an activity like playing sports. This contributes to osteoarthritis of the knee. Human trials have shown that with a severe tear of the meniscus, there is less support for the knee joint and you start to erode the joint itself, leading to severe arthritis.
Support for A Torn Meniscus
Other than rest, ice and physical therapy, there are some supplements that have been shown to support healthy joints and cartilage. A study published in the journal Knee in 2017, Japanese researchers were looking at the existing evidence and found a decline in Collagen and prodioglycan in the meniscus can contribute to tearing the meniscus. Collagen is a common protein that makes your connective tissue and Glucosamine and Chondroitin are common prodioglycans in these tissues.
I would recommend Collagen for the knee, which is the template for all of the tissues in the knee including the meniscus. I would also recommend a very high-quality Glucosamine & Chondroitin; it has to be a superior grade or it does not help. I would also recommend a product called Flex Hx, which is more for ligaments and tendons. But I have found that it helps older people with their meniscus. We have taken a Type 1 Collagen and liberated the Collagen peptides so they are more concentrated for specific connective tissues. I added Dermatan Sulfate, Copper and Manganese to round out the formula and help support knee and cartilage concerns.
In the past, I was giving my clients products that supported bone health, like Strontium, that is found in bone and very quickly adds on to the width of bone. So, in older women who have lost a lot of bone, it can help lower their risk of fracturing their hip or spine, as it builds up the bone quicker. In combination with Strontium, I was also recommending Collagen, Vitamin D and Calcium, a number of clients reported to me that their meniscus was better.
In a study published in the journal Arthritis Research and Therapy, The University of Montreal Hospital Research Center performed a Phase-3 clinical trial for three years of 217 patients with a more severe tear of their meniscus, where it was actually jutting out of place. Researchers gave the participants Strontium injections over the three year period and it prevented further erosion of the knee joint tissue and meniscus and stabilized the tissues of the knee.
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