Meniscus tears can occur during a rotating movement while bearing weight. One example would be twisting your upper leg while the foot stays in place during sports and other activities. Tears can be minor, with the meniscus staying connected to the knee, or major, with the meniscus barely attached to the knee by a thread of cartilage.
Symptoms of a torn meniscus may be different for each person. Some of the most common symptoms are:
- Pain, especially when holding the knee straight
- Swelling and stiffness
- Knee may click or lock
- Knee may feel weak
Treatment for a torn meniscus may include:
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- Medication, such as ibuprofen
- Muscle-strengthening exercises
- Arthroscopic surgery (a minimally-invasive diagnostic and treatment procedure used for conditions of a joint)