Meniscal Injuries

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Meniscal Injuries

Meniscal Injuries

The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that offers a cushion between your femur (thighbone) and tibia (shinbone). There are menisci in every knee joint. They may be damaged or torn all through sports that put stress on or rotate the knee joint. Taking a hard tackle on the football discipline or a surprising pivot on the basketball court docket can bring about a meniscus tear.

Reasons behind meniscus tear

The meniscus can be torn during activities that cause direct contact or pressure from a forced twist or rotation. A sudden pivot or turn, deep squatting, or heavy lifting can lead to injury. Many athletes are at risk for a meniscus tear.

Sports that require sudden turns and stops may put you at higher risk for meniscus tears. Some of these sports include:

  • Football
  • basketball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Symptoms of a meniscus tear

When a meniscus tear occurs, popping sound can be heard around your knee joint. Afterward, you may experience:

  • Pain, especially when the area is touched
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty moving your knee or inability to move it in a full range of motion
  • The feeling of your knee locking or catching
  • The feeling that your knee is giving way or unable to support you