What is a Meniscus Tear?

The meniscus is a “rubbery” thick piece of cartilage that functions to keep the knee joint stable and absorb forces from walking and running. The knee has a medial meniscus (inside of knee) and lateral meniscus (outside of knee). There are two types of meniscal injuries.

1) A traumatic meniscus tear is a common injury in athletes or active adults and is usually the result of trauma or rapid movements.

2) Degenerative meniscus injuries are non-traumatic in origin and are the results of chronic arthritic processes that occur in the aging population. Patients will often complain of “catching” or “locking” of the knee or the knee will “give out”.  Knee swelling and pain will often occur as well.

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Symptoms of a Meniscus Tear

  • Knee Pain
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Popping or clicking
  • Loss of range of motion

Causes of a Meniscus Tear

  • Meniscus tears result from injury most often due to forceful rotation of the knee, such as aggressive pivoting or suddenly stopping or turning. However, deep squatting or putting excessive strain on the knee by lifting a heavy object can sometimes lead to a torn meniscus. 

Meniscus Tear Solutions in NJ

Here at Performance Rehabilitation, we have many options to treat your meniscus tears, including non-surgical and surgical.

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