What is it?

The meniscus is a cartilage between the legs' long bones, which acts as a shock absorber. Tear of meniscus is a knee injury caused due to a movement of knee rotation. It may occur during an aggressive pivoting or a sudden stop and turn. It is common in sports like football or skiing.

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Signs & symptoms

Symptoms of torn meniscus include pain, difficulty to straighten the leg, a feeling of a locked knee, swelling or stiffness of the knee, and a feeling of a "pop".


Diagnosis is based upon findings from medical history and physical examination. Further evaluation may include an MRI of the knee.


Treatment may start conservatively with recommendations to rest, ice, get some physical therapy and take over the counter pain relievers. If conservative treatment does not help, surgery is sometimes suggested.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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