Meniscus Tear

Chiropractic Meniscus Tear Treatments in Kansas City

Chiropractic Meniscus tear treatment in Kansas City

The meniscus is a thin, c-shaped piece of cartilage that sits in your knee joint between your femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone). It consists of a medial portion (inside) and lateral portion (outside). The purpose of the meniscus is to cushion the knee joint during impact activities such as walking, running, and jumping. A traumatic tear of the meniscus typically occurs during high impact activity that involves a twisting motion at the knee when the foot is planted. It is also possible to have a degeneration of the meniscus over time that leads to a more severe tear without traumatic injury.


Symptoms of a meniscus tear are generally pain either on the inside or outside of the knee and a potential feeling of something catching in the knee. Pain and Symptoms may include:

  • Popping of the knee
  • Swelling of the knee at the joint line
  • Feeling like the knee locks, gives way or catches
  • Decreased range of motion of the knee
  • Tenderness with palpation of the knee at the joint line

Chiropractic Treatments for Meniscus Tears

Many meniscus tears don’t require surgery to improve the function of the knee joint. Mild to moderate meniscus tears can be successfully treated with conservative chiropractic techniques such as soft tissue work and corrective exercise. We can perform soft tissue work to the areas surrounding the injury; these can include Active Release Technique, FAKTR, and dry needling. Our hands-on work is then complemented with exercise that will correct abnormal bio-mechanical movements that may be occurring during sports, running, lifting, or other daily activities.

Our treatment process

Our doctors use research-based chiropractic techniques and evidence-based functional testing to assess and treat a possible meniscal tear in Kansas City. Our treatment process corrects any muscle imbalances and tissue restrictions that may be contributing to knee dysfunction.

Our thorough evaluation will assess core, hip, and knee strength, dynamic lower extremity stability, balance, and proprioception to create a personalized treatment program to not only rehabilitate injury but also contribute to improved sport-specific performance.

Treatments for meniscus tears

For post surgical care, check out physical therapy for meniscus tears.

Graston Technique

Active Release Techniques

Chiropractic Rehabilitation Exercises

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a meniscus tear test you can perform?

Yes, there are several orthopedic tests that our chiropractors utilize to determine the location and severity of a meniscus tear in our Kansas City clinic.

What does meniscus tear recovery look like?

Recovery varies by individual, as well the severity and location of the tear. Sometimes a meniscus tear will require surgery, but depending on the type and location, conservative measures can be very successful.

I have a lateral meniscus tear. Can a chiropractor help with that?

Yes, the chiropractors at F.I.T. Muscle & Joint Clinic can provide conservative treatment options that can help with your lateral meniscus tear. Should it be a more extensive tear that requires a surgical intervention, our chiropractors can refer you to one of the expert orthopedic surgeons in the area.

I'm experiencing meniscus problems. Can you provide me with a diagnosis?

Our chiropractors can utilize a variety of orthopedic tests to determine what is causing your pain and if there are other mechanical issues that are contributing to your knee dysfunction.

Tell us about your pain.

Take a couple of minutes to tell us about your symptoms and pain areas. Prefer to chat over the phone? Call us for a free phone consultation.

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Contact 1800 Wyandotte #201 Kansas City, MO 64108 22120 Midland Dr. Shawnee, KS 66226 15040 Newton Lane Overland Park, KS 66223 401 NW Murray Rd Lee's Summit, MO 64081 9120 Metcalf Ave Overland Park, KS 66212 2113 E Kansas City Rd. Olathe, KS 66061 5000 East Bannister Rd. Suite 100 Kansas City, MO 64137 1860 N. Church Rd. Suite B Liberty, MO 64068 11340 Nall Ave Suite 200B Overland Park, KS 66211 505 S. Hospital Dr. Paola, KS 66071 121 N. Dean Ave Raymore, MO 64083