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- Torn meniscus facts
- Introduction to the knee
- What is a torn meniscus?
- What causes a meniscus to tear?
- What are symptoms and signs of a torn meniscus?
- How is a meniscus tear diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for a torn meniscus?
- Can a meniscus tear heal without surgery?
- What is rehabilitation and recovery like for a patient with a meniscus tear?
- What are recommended exercises once a torn meniscus has been repaired?
Torn meniscus facts
- The knee is the largest joint in the body.
- Cartilage within the knee joint helps protect the joint from the stresses placed on it from walking, running, climbing, and bending.
- The medial and lateral menisci are two large C-shaped cartilages that sit on the top of the tibia.
- A torn meniscus occurs because of trauma caused by forceful twisting or hyper-flexing of the knee joint.
- Symptoms of a torn meniscus include pain, swelling, popping, and giving way.
- Treatment of a torn meniscus may include surgery to repair the damage. Some meniscal tears can be watched and treated with physical therapy and muscle strengthening to stabilize the knee joint.