Knee Pain Due to Meniscal Injury: What You Need To Know

What is the meniscus of the knee? What is a meniscus injury?

Knee pain due to meniscal injury is one of the most common knee injuries related to sports or other athletic activities. Each knee joint has two C-shaped cartilage menisci. These act as cushions and shock absorbers between the thigh bone and shin bone. Injury (tearing) of one or sometimes both menisci leads to pain, swelling, and stiffness in the knee. The risk of developing a meniscus tear increases with age due to the degeneration of cartilage.

What are the causes of Meniscal Injury?

Any forceful rotation, bending or twisting, or lifting of heavy objects lead to a torn meniscus. A torn meniscus may necessarily not be sudden but may take time to develop. Certain situations that put an individual at increased risk of developing meniscus injury include:

What are the symptoms of Meniscal Injury?

If you a meniscal injury (tear), you may experience the following symptoms:

How to make a diagnosis of Meniscal Injury?

Your doctor will make the diagnosis based on the following:

What is the prognosis of Meniscal Injury?

It depends upon how big the meniscal tear is. With non-surgical options, recovery may take six to eight weeks. But it may take longer with surgery. People with meniscal injury have an increased risk of developing knee arthritis.

What are the treatments of Meniscal Injury?

Your doctor may recommend the following treatments: