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 of Meniscus Injuries?
- 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.
Meniscus Injuries Related Items
The meniscus is a C-shaped structure in the knee that acts as a shock absorber between the thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia). The meniscus can tear due to a blow to the knee, twisting, pivoting, kneeling, squatting or fast change in running direction.