One of the most common knee injuries happens to be a torn meniscus. This condition can occur when someone performs an activity that causes forceful twisting or rotating of the knee.
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Both of your knees have a C-shaped piece of cartilage that protects your shinbone from your thighbone (menisci). When you experience a torn meniscus, you will feel pain, swelling or even stiffness. It often occurs because of trauma caused by twisting or hyper-flexing of the knee joint.
Athletes are more likely to experience a torn meniscus because of the aggressive twisting and pivoting of the knee. As you age, you may also be at a higher risk for a torn meniscus.*
Either by a orthopedist or your physician, a torn meniscus can be diagnosed by a physical exam. Your doctor will ask you to move your knee and leg into different positions to figure out where the source of the pain is coming from.*
You may even require an imaging test, which can be done through an X-ray or an MRI. Both of these tests can help use out other conditions that may show similar symptoms.*
Conservative treatment like rest, medication or ice can often be recommended for a torn meniscus. This type of treatment can help relieve the pain of the condition and your injury can heal on its own. You can also see a pain management specialist depending on your current symptoms and pain level.*
You may also be a good candidate for physical therapy, which can help strengthen the muscles around the knee and in your legs. This treatment option can help support and stabilize your knee joint.*
If rehabilitation or rest does not relieve your pain, you may be a candidate for surgery. If the tear cannot be repaired, you may need to surgery performed through an arthroscope where the meniscus needs to be surgically trimmed.*