What is Meniscal Tear?
Meniscus is a rubbery, C-shaped disc that cushions your knee and is present on the outer as well as inner edge of the knee. It keeps your knee steady as it balances your weight well across the knee.
A Meniscal Tear is a knee injury that can prevent your knee from working right.
What are the causes of Meniscal Tear?
Meniscal Tear usually happens while playing sports when you twist or turn the knee quickly causing a tear. It can also occur while lifting heavy objects or when direct contact in involved. With age, your meniscus wears away making it more prone to tear.
What are the symptoms of Meniscal Tear?
One might hear a “pop” sound when meniscus tears. Many people can still walk with torn meniscus or they continue to play. But after 2-3 days, their knees will swell and become more stiff. The most common symptoms seen in Meniscal Tear are:
- Pain and swelling
- Locking of your knee
- Reduced motion of knee
How can Meniscal Tear be treated?
The treatment of Meniscal Tear depends on the type of tear, its location and severity. It also depends on your age and health. Treatment may include:
- RICE method – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation
- Physical therapy
- Surgery to repair meniscus
- Surgery to remove damaged part of meniscus