Meniscal Tear

By Ehren Allen, Certified Manual Therapist/Physical Therapist

Meniscus Tear

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
ACL Ligaments

Meniscus Tears of the Knee

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.

JOI Fracture and Injury Care

JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.


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