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Meniscus Tear Treatment

The meniscus is a crescent-shaped disc of fibrocartilagenous connective tissue found between the bones of the knee (the femur and tibia). Each knee has two menisci — one on the outer edge (lateral meniscus) and one on the inner edge (medial meniscus) — that cushion your knee and protect the articular cartilage from wear.

Meniscus Tear Treatment: What You Need to Know

  • Meniscus tears are very common knee injuries and often occur when athletes twist or turn their upper leg suddenly while their foot is planted and their knee is bent.
  • As we age, our menisci become weaker, making them more prone to tearing.
  • Depending on the severity of the tear, symptoms of a torn meniscus may include pain, swelling, stiffness, clicking or locking of the knee.
  • In addition to a physical examination, an X-ray or MRI may be used to diagnose the condition.
  • Treatment for a torn meniscus varies depending on the severity and may include icing, pain medication, muscle-strengthening exercises and surgery.

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