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Knee Meniscus injuries

Wnat is a meniscus injury?

A meniscus tear is a significant knee injury that affects the shock absorbing cartilage between the bones in the knee.

The meniscus is a piece of cartilage in your knee that cushions and stabilises the joint and protects the bones from wear and tear. There are two of them in each knee. Twisting injury can tear the meniscus.

In some cases with meniscal tears, a piece of the torn cartilage breaks loose and gets wedged in the knee joint, causing the knee to lock.

Meniscal tears are common in contact sports, like football, as well as in cricket, skiing and volleyball. They can happen when a person changes direction suddenly while running, and often occur at the same time as other knee injuries, like an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury. Meniscal tears are a special risk for older sportspeople, because the meniscus weakens with age. More than 40% of people aged 65 or older have meniscus tears, although they do not always cause symptoms.

How do we treat knee meniscus injuries at the Mansfield Clinic?

It depends on the extent of the meniscus injury. If the meniscus injury is degenerative in nature, and simple anti-inflammatory measures have not helped, then a cortisone injection into the knee can be very helpful.

Patients will be given a regime of strengthening exercises to do, in order to help stabilise the knee.

If there has been a large meniscal tear, or part of the meniscus has detached, then it may be necessary to obtain a surgical opinion. Dr Allfree can arrange appropriate surgical referral.

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