Alternate Names : Tear - meniscus, Knee injury - meniscus, Knee cartilage tear
Meniscus tears refer to a tear in the shock-absorbing cartilage (meniscus) of the knee.
Overview & Considerations
The meniscus is a C-shaped piece of cartilage. Cartilage is found in certain joints and forms a buffer between the bones to protect the joint. The meniscus serves as a shock-absorption system, assists in lubricating the joint, and limits the ability to flex and extend the joint.
Meniscal tears are most commonly caused by twisting or over-flexing the joint.
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