Torn Meniscus

What is a Torn Meniscus?

The knee includes two pieces of cartilage known as menisci. Menisci serve as a cushion between the shinbone and thighbone. One or both of the menisci may tear when the knee is twisted or rotated forcefully.

What Causes a Torn Meniscus?

Because a torn meniscus occurs when the knee is twisted or rotated forcefully, any activity that requires pivoting or sudden stops and turns are common causes of a torn meniscus. Causes of a torn meniscus may include, but are not limited to:

  • Sports injuries, particularly from football, basketball or tennis
  • Kneeling down
  • Certain exercises, such as deep squats or heavy lifting

Torn Meniscus Symptoms

Common torn meniscus symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Knee pain
  • Knee pain that gets worse when twisting or rotating the knee
  • A popping feeling at the moment of injury
  • Knee swelling
  • A feeling of stiffness in the knee
  • Struggling to position the knee fully straight
  • A sensation that your knee is locked in place when attempting to move the knee

Torn Meniscus Treatments

A treatment plan for a torn meniscus depends on the severity of the torn meniscus. Depending on the severity, there are a variety of treatment options. These torn meniscus treatments range from:

  • Rest, Elevation and Medication
  • Physical Therapy
  • Surgery to repair the torn meniscus

The appropriate treatment plan for a torn meniscus varies for each patient. The knee specialists at SOS have the experience and specialized knowledge that's needed to determine if a patient's knee pain is from a torn meniscus. Our knee specialists are also experienced in providing torn meniscus treatments.

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