Meniscus Injuries :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Meniscus Injuries

What is the meniscus?

  • The meniscus are two pieces of cartilage located in the knee joint that are responsible for cushioning and adding stability to the knee.

What causes meniscus injuries?

  • Most often caused by planting and twisting the knee.
  • They can occur in conjunction with a ligament tear.

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain.
  • Swelling.
  • Popping or clicking of the knee.
  • Locking or catching of the knee.
  • Giving way of the knee.

What can I do to feel better?

  • Rest. Do not do things that cause pain.
  • Ice for 15-20 minutes at a time will help decrease swelling and pain.
  • Compression can be helpful to decrease swelling and pain.

When should I see a medical professional?

  • Meniscus injuries require a course of rehabilitation, and can sometimes require surgery.  Contact your primary care provider or sports medicine specialist if you believe your child has suffered an injury to their meniscus.

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