Mr Paul Gaston, Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBChB (Hons), FRCSEd, FRCS (Tr&Orth)

Meniscal tear

There are two free floating cartilages in the knee joint (the medial or inner side and lateral – outer side - meniscus) that act as shock-absorbers for weight-bearing between the femur (end of the thigh bone) and tibia (top of the shin bone) that are prone to damage with twisting injuries (classically in football). Injury to the menisci can cause pain, swelling, catching, loss of movement and even complete locking of the joint. In later adult life (~45 onwards) the menisci can become ‘degenerate’  (wearing out with age) leading to minor tears and damage with minimal injury, giving pain and swelling with occasional catching, although true mechanical symptoms are rare. Treatment of these damaged cartilages in isolation can be disappointing as they really are indicating the beginning of osteoarthritis.

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