The meniscus is a C-shaped tissue that acts as a shock absorber between the bones in the knee. Overuse and twisting can tear the meniscus. Injury is usually accompanied by a “pop” at the time of injury and later, swelling and pain in and around the knee. Acute tears happen suddenly. Degenerative tears, which are more common in older people, occur over time.
What are the signs and symptoms of a torn meniscus?
- Swelling and locking up
- Pain in and around the knee
- A “pop” in the knee at the time of injury