Meniscus is a “C” shaped fibrocartilage that acts as shock-absorbing spacer between the femur (aka thigh bone) and the tibia (larger of the two lower leg bone). It can be injured or torn in multiple ways but the most common is via a twisting motion or the knee being hit when the leg is planted.
The meniscus can be damaged through repeated trauma, overuse, or prolonged daily living. Research shows that 78% of individuals have a torn meniscus and are asymptomatic (without any pain or discomfort). Symptoms of a meniscus tear include: pain in the knee; swelling; a popping sensation during the injury; difficulty bending and straightening the leg; a tendency for your knee to get “stuck” or lock up. Should you have in the past or are currently experiencing these symptoms with concurrent dysfunction with moving around and it is not getting better, seek a medical consult.