Meniscus Tear

Meniscus tear – the knee menisci are crescent -shaped pieces of cartilage positioned between the femur and tibia. Their purpose is to protect the joint surface and act as shock absorbers.  

Tearing a meniscus is a common knee injury in athletes, particularly those involved in contact sports. Meniscal tears can also occur in older patients as a result of cartilage degeneration.  

A torn meniscus can cause pain (especially when twisting or rotating your knee), swelling, difficulty in straightening your knee fully, catching or locking sensation in the knee and reduced motion in the knee.  

The standard surgical procedure for meniscal tears is knee arthroscopy, in which the meniscus may be removed (meniscectomy), repaired or replaced. 

 

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