Meniscal Tear

Meniscal tears are among the most common knee injuries

Athletes, particularly those who play contact sports, are at risk for meniscal tears. However, anyone at any age can tear a meniscus.
Two wedge-shaped pieces of cartilage act as “shock absorbers” between your thighbone and shinbone. These are called meniscus. They are tough and RUBBERRY to help cushion the joint and keep it stable.
The most common symptoms of meniscal tear are:
Pain
Stiffness and swelling
Catching or locking of your knee
The sensation of your knee “giving way”
You are not able to move your knee through its full range of motion
NONSURGICAL Treatment
If your tear is small and on the outer edge of the meniscus, it may not require surgical repair. As long as your symptoms do NOT persist and your knee is STABLE, nonsurgical treatment may be all you need.
SURGICAL TREATMENT
If your symptoms persist with nonsurgical treatment, you may opt for arthroscopic surgery.
Knee ARTHROSCOPY is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures. In it, a miniature camera is inserted through a small incision. This provides a clear view of the inside of the knee. Your orthopaedic surgeon inserts miniature surgical instruments through other small incisions to trim or repair the tear.
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