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A torn meniscus, or cartilage, is another common injury to the anatomy of the knee. These two rubbery discs cushion the joint where the bones come together in the knee. They tear in different ways and are named according to shape and location: bucket handle, flap and radial. Athletes are at risk for sudden meniscus tears when their knees twist or sustain direct contact. Older adults also can have meniscus tears that are caused by degenerative changes in their bodies. Meniscus tears are painful and cause the knee to:

  • Swell
  • Stiffen
  • Weaken
  • Lock
  • Have limited range of motion

Most meniscus tears can be treated successfully, enabling the patient to return to an active lifestyle. Our orthopedic experts will evaluate your knee injury and help you choose the treatment that is right for you.