Torn Cartilage in the Knee

Torn cartilage in the knee, or Meniscal tears, are among the most common knee injuries and the most common reason for knee surgery.
Each knee has an inner an outer meniscus that act as “shock absorbers” and keep the knee stable.
Sudden meniscal tears often happen during sports, from forcible squat and twist moves, or direct contact, like a tackle.
Older people are more likely to have degenerative meniscal tears, which occur in worn and aged tissue from relatively minor injuries.
The most common symptoms are Pain, Stiffness, swelling, Catching or locking or Giving way of the knee.
Not all tears require surgery. Anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone injections are the first line of treament. If unsuccessful, surgery is frequently required. Some tears can be repaired, or sewn back together. Some tears require removal of part of the meniscus. Arthroscopic surgery is safe, effective and usually an outpatient procedure.
For more information, visit our website or call us for an appointment to see one of our orthopaedic specialists. Or better yet, listen to the Sports Doctors on Thursdays at 6 PM online at team and Saturdays at 7 AM on Team 1010 KXPS.

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