When to Seek Treatment
The meniscus is the cartilage that cushions and protects the knee joint and surrounding bones from the stresses of walking, running, bending, and climbing. Forceful twists from sudden stops or pivots -- common in football, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, and golf -- or deep knee bends can cause the meniscus to tear. Because the meniscus is interlocked with knee ligaments, meniscus tears will sometimes occur at the same time as knee ligament injuries such as ACL tears. Meniscus tears can also occur over time.
When to Make an Appointment
When swelling, pain on walking, and limited range of motion affect your ability to move, it’s time to see a knee specialist.
Visit Duke Orthopaedics Urgent Care
Our convenient orthopaedic urgent care locations in Durham, Apex, and Wake Forest are open seven days a week. Get fast service with no long waits and no unnecessary exposure to illness. No appointment needed; walk-ins are welcome.