What is a Meniscal Tear?

Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 11.08.55 AMThe meniscus is a rubbery, C-shaped disc that cushions the knee. There are two menisci in each knee, one at the outer edge and one at the inner edge. The menisci are important because they balance your weight evenly across your knees.

The tearing of the meniscus is one of the most common knee injuries. Meniscal tears can occur as people age or even if you twist or turn your knee abruptly. A meniscal tear can result in pain and swelling and can make completing your daily tasks more difficult.

 

What are the Symptoms of a Meniscal Tear?

The symptoms of a meniscal tear can vary depending on the severity of the injury. Some of the symptoms may include:

  • Pain and swelling
  • Pain starting at the center or sides of your knee
  • Stiffness in the knee
  • Wobbly knee
  • Limited mobility
  • Popping, locking or catching of the knee

How to Treat a Meniscus Tear

Treatment for a meniscal tear will depend on how severe the injury. During your appointment, your physician will perform a physical exam and determine if a torn meniscus is the source of any knee pain. Depending on the severity of your injuries, your doctor may recommend any of the following:

  • Rest
  • Wrapping the knee
  • Icing the injury
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery to remove part of the meniscus

You Don’t Have to Live with Knee Pain

If you experience knee pain, the source of your discomfort could be a meniscal tear. With any orthopedic issue, you should contact an experienced physician to diagnose and assess the problem as soon as possible. At Hampton Roads Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, we treat a variety of orthopedic injuries including meniscal tears. We can determine the source of your pain and create a customized treatment plan to get you moving again. Schedule your appointment through our website today!

2016-10-12T13:29:24+00:00June 12th, 2015|Blog, Sports Medicine|