Meniscus Tear

June 22, 2015

Meniscus tear is a very common knee injury. The meniscus is a rubbery, C-shaped disc found in your knee that behaves like a cushion between your shinbone and your thighbone. There are two menisci in each knee to keep your knee steady by balancing your weight across the knee.

A meniscus tear is usually caused by sudden and forced twisting or turning of the knee when it is bent. People who often play sports or lift heavy objects are at higher risk of meniscus tear.

The RICE treatment (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) and ample rest is sometimes enough to relieve the pain and give the meniscus tear to heal on its own. Some cases may however require surgical treatment like the knee arthroscopy.