Torn Meniscus

Friday, January 17, 2014

A meniscus tear is a common knee joint injury that can prevent your knee from working right. Learn more about this type of injury from Dr. Edward Hill in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

A torn meniscus is one of the most common knee injuries. Any activity that causes you to forcefully twist or rotate your knee, especially when putting the pressure of your full weight on it, can lead to a torn meniscus.

Each of your knees has two menisci C-shaped pieces of cartilage that act like a cushion between your shinbone and your thighbone. A torn meniscus causes pain, swelling and stiffness.

If youve torn your meniscus, you may experience the following signs and symptoms in your knee:

A popping sensation

Swelling or stiffness

Pain, especially when twisting or rotating your knee, and

Difficulty straightening your knee fully or experiencing what feels like a block to movement of your knee, as if your knee were locked in place

Conservative treatment such as rest, ice and medication is sometimes enough to relieve the pain of a torn meniscus and give the injury time to heal on its own. In other cases, however, a torn meniscus requires surgical repair.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.