The meniscus can be injured during activities that cause direct contact or pressure from a forced twist or rotation. Should an injury occur, it is usually categorized as a partial tear or a complete tear. If you have a meniscus injury, whether or not your meniscus is removed or repaired depends on several factors including your age, the type of tear, and the location of the tear. Both surgery options are considered ambulatory ones, which means you will be in and out of the hospital in the same day.
The Meniscus is: The piece of cartilage that provides a cushion between your femur (thighbone) and tibia (shinbone). There are two menisci in each knee joint.
Some common causes of meniscus tears include:
- Activities that cause direct contact with the knee
- A forced twist or rotation
- A sudden pivot or turn
- Deep squatting
- Heavy lifting
Symptoms of a meniscus tear include:
- Knee pain
- Stiffness in and around the knee
- Difficult walking
- Limited range of motion for injured knee