Torn Meniscus

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.
Reviewed on 6/18/2012