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Tear of meniscus

Overview

A meniscus tear is a tear in the rubbery knee cartilage that cushions the shinbone from the thighbone. The meniscus can tear with forceful twisting or rotation of the knee.

Symptoms

Pain, swelling, stiffness, and difficulty extending the knee are symptoms.

Treatments

Treatment includes rest, ice, pain relievers, and, sometimes, physical therapy, and surgery.

Last Updated: June 13th, 2017