Rodney Wong MD

"Your Bone Health" Featured Question - Fall 2015

When people talk about torn cartilage in the knee, they are usually referring to a torn meniscus. Meniscal tears are among the most common knee injuries. Athletes, particularly those who play contact sports, are at risk for meniscal tears. However, anyone at any age can tear a meniscus.

When people talk about torn cartilage in the knee, they are usually referring to a torn meniscus. Meniscal tears are among the most common knee injuries. Athletes, particularly those who play contact sports, are at risk for meniscal tears. However, anyone at any age can tear a meniscus.

You might feel a "pop" when you tear a meniscus. Most people can still walk on their injured knee. Many athletes keep playing with a tear. Over 2 to 3 days, your knee will gradually become more stiff and swollen.


The most common symptoms of meniscal tear are:
    •  Pain
    •  Stiffness and swelling
    •  Catching or locking of your knee
    •  The sensation of your knee "giving way"
    •  You are not able to move your knee through its full range of motion

Without treatment, a piece of meniscus may come loose and drift into the joint. This can cause your knee to slip, pop, or lock.

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The information on this page was provided by the website orthoinfo.aaos.org (Orthoinfo provides information about musculoskeletal conditions and injuries — how they are treated, as well as how they can be prevented.)