Knee Pain due to Meniscus Injury

Knee Arthroscopy, Keyhole Surgery

What is Knee Pain due to Meniscus Injury?

The meniscus is a small “c” shaped cartilage that acts as a cushion in the knee joint. They sit between the femur and the tibia bone, one on the outside and one on the inside of the knee. A meniscus tear occurs when the cartilage tear and are injured usually during movements that forcefully rotate the knee while weight bearing.

Medial Meniscus and Lateral Meniscus
Medial Meniscus and Lateral Meniscus

How is Knee Pain due to Meniscus Injury Diagnosed?

A meniscus tear is diagnosed by taking a complete history and performs a physical exam. Pain, pops, or clicks during this test may suggest a meniscus tear. An MRI may also be done to see the extent of the tear.

Meniscus Tear
Meniscus Tear

What are the Treatments?

Treatment varies depending on the extent and location of the meniscus tear. If the tear is minor a patient is usually referred for physical therapy. If there is a large meniscus tear, arthroscopic surgery would be required to repair the tear.

Knee Arthroscopy, Keyhole Surgery
Knee Arthroscopy to see the extent of the tear and repair arthroscopically

 

Removal of Torn Meniscus 2
Removal of Torn Meniscus
Repair of the Meniscus
Repair of the Meniscus

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