Overview of Meniscus Tears
Injury to the meniscus in the knee is common and usually caused by the knee twisting or rotating. There is increased risk of meniscus injury if the twisting motion is combined with deep knee bending or the knee is in a fully extended position while weight bearing or jumping.
The upper leg bone (femur) and lower leg bone (tibia) have two pieces (medial and lateral) of cartilage between them that provide cushioning and shock absorption. A meniscus tear typically causes stiffness, swelling, pain and it may be difficult to bear weight on the knee. A painful and audible “popping or clicking” noise may be heard or felt, often with a sense of increased pressure and inability to further move the knee.
Conservative treatment options including rest, ice, and a progressive rehab plan that allows time for a meniscus tear to heal. However, depending on the type and severity of meniscus tear, a surgical intervention may be needed to regain full function and ability.