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Meniscus Tear

Meniscus Tear


Meniscus tear is very common knee injury. Its commonly caused by twisting injury of knee.


  • Pain – pain in knee joint
  • Difficulty in straightening of knee
  • Difficulty in getting up
  • Swelling
  • Popping sensation
  • Feeling of instability i.e. knee giving way


Meniscal tear can be suspected by clinical examination by various examination tests and manoeuvre. Diagnosis can be confirmed by evaluation

  • MRI – it is helpful in diagnosing meniscal tear also in planning further treatment
  • X ray – It’s a basic investigation. Meniscus is not seen in x ray but other bony injury can be seen.
  • Diagnostic arthroscopy – after the easy availability of MRI, role of diagnostic arthroscopy has decreased over years.


  • Rest – avoid activities that aggravate pain
  • Ice – reduces swelling and pain
  • Medication – Takes care of pain
  • Physical therapy – strengthening of muscles help in reducing symptoms
  • Arthroscopy – helps in treating meniscal tear. Whether meniscectomy (removal of torn piece) or repair depends on type of tear, age.