Meniscus is C-shaped fibrous cartilage found between the bones and protects the joint surface. It limits joint flexion and extension, helps in lubricating the joints, and acts as a shock-absorption system. It has no blood supply of its own, and cannot heal by itself.
A meniscus tear will occur when it tears away from its spots such as a radial tear or flap tear. The tear may also occur during physical exertion activities such as running, turning, squatting, or twisting or from a sudden impact. It may also tear with age as the cartilage weakens over time. Likewise, a simple twist of the leg can also cause a tear.
How do you know if you have meniscal tears?
You will not experience the symptoms immediately but some may feel a popping sound when the injury occurs. After a few days, you will get to experience: