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.
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