A meniscus tear is a common injury that occurs in the knees of athletes of all ages. In fact, tears to the meniscus may also occur in patients who do not participate in sports.
Some of the common symptoms of meniscus tear include:
- Pain along the sides of the knee
- Swelling, especially after activity such as walking or running
- Clicking or catching when bending or straightening the knee
- A sense of instability, or giving way, with twisting activity
The meniscus acts as a cushion, analogous to the shocks in our cars, to dissipate force and protect the knee during activities such as running, walking, and climbing.
Tears can occur acutely, such as stepping in a hole or being tackled on the football field, or chronically over time from normal use.
Treatment options range from therapy and rest, to injections, to even minimally invasive surgical repair using the video arthroscope.
As with any other injury, patients with symptoms that last for longer than 1 week should seek care with one of our JOI knee specialists.