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What is a meniscus tear?

A meniscus tear is a common injury that occurs in the knee. The meniscus is a C-shaped piece of cartilage that provides cushioning and support to the knee joint. It helps to distribute weight and absorb shock during movement.

A meniscus tear can be caused by a sudden twisting or turning motion of the knee, often during sports or other physical activities. It can also occur due to degeneration over time, particularly in older adults.

Symptoms of a meniscus tear can include pain, swelling, stiffness, and difficulty moving the knee. Some people may also experience a clicking or popping sensation in the knee.

Treatment for a meniscus tear may depend on the severity of the injury and the individual's symptoms. Mild to moderate tears may be treated with rest, ice, compression, and physical therapy. More severe tears may require surgery, such as a meniscus repair or partial meniscectomy (removal of part of the meniscus).

Jeffrey Pearson

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