A meniscus tear is one of the most common knee injuries. When people talk about a torn cartilage or cartilage damage in the knee, they are usually referring to a torn meniscus. The meniscus is a piece of rubber cartilage that provides cushioning in the knee. There are two in each knee, one on the inner half and one on the outer half. They are shaped like the letter ‘C’.
Dr. David Colvin, orthopaedic surgeon in Perth. David's specialty is knee and shoulder surgery and sports injuries.
What causes a Meniscus Tear?
Meniscus tears often happen in younger people while playing sports. When you twist on the knee under load, it may cause a split in the rubber. This is a traumatic meniscus tear.
In older people, the rubber cartilage in the knee ‘perishes’ over time, making it prone to tearing. This is known as a degenerative meniscus tear.
Symptoms of a Meniscus Tear.
When you tear your meniscus, you may feel a 'pop'. Most people can still walk on their injured knee, but over a day or two the knee may become stiff and swollen.
The most common symptoms of a meniscus tear are:
- Pain, usually on one side of the knee.
- Stiffness and swelling of the knee.
- A catching sensation.
- A feeling of your knee ‘giving way’.
- Inability to fully straighten the knee, called a locked knee.
An MRI scan is the best way to diagnose a meniscus tear.
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Dr David Colvin consults at:
Western Orthopaedic Clinic
Suite 213, 25 McCourt Street,
Subiaco WA 6008 (Perth)
- These rooms are part of St John of God Subiaco Hospital.
- Parking is available on site.
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