What Is a Meniscal Tear?

What Is a Meniscal Tear?, Knee & Shoulder InstituteOne of the most common injuries to the knee is a torn meniscus. Meniscal tears typically occur when the knee is forcefully twisted or rotated, such as during sports that involve sudden stopping and pivoting. Left untreated, meniscus tears can cause pain and immobility in the knee. Thomas & Bigler Knee & Shoulder Institute, led by established board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven C. Thomas and Dr. Gregory T. Bigler provides treatment of meniscal tears to patients in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as greater Pahrump, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, and Mesquite, NV.

What is a Meniscus?

The meniscus is a C-shaped piece of cartilage that cushions the shinbone and the thighbone.

Symptoms of a Meniscal Tear

Indications of a torn meniscus may not appear until after 24 hours or more when swelling and pain begin. You may notice:

  • Pain when rotating or twisting the knee
  • Difficulty straightening the knee out
  • Popping or locking sensation during movement
  • Feeling as though the knee is giving out
  • Swelling and stiffness

Treatment for Meniscal Tears

Depending on the extent of the injury, a torn meniscus can sometimes heal on its own with rest, ice compressions, and pain medications. If the tear is significant and causing major discomfort and immobility, surgical intervention may be required. If you’re experiencing knee pain and unsure if it is a meniscal tear and if it will heal on its own, it’s recommended that you seek a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon to be evaluated. By scheduling a consultation, your surgeon will be able to make recommendations to you that can help you prevent further damage to your knee. Thomas & Bigler Knee & Shoulder Institute, led by established board certified orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven C. Thomas and Dr. Gregory T. Bigler provides treatment of meniscal tears to patients in Las Vegas, Nevada as well as greater Pahrump, Bullhead City, Lake Havasu, and Mesquite, NV.

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