The meniscus is the tissue that cushions and protects the knee joint and surrounding cartilage and 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. Meniscus tears will sometimes occur at the same time as knee ligament injuries such as ACL tears because of the violent forces involved. Meniscus tears can also occur over time due to meniscus degeneration.
When to Make an Appointment
When swelling, pain with walking, locking or catching in the knee, giving way of the knee, 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 clinic is open seven days a week. Get fast service with a well-trained orthopaedic provider and no unnecessary exposure to illness. No appointment is needed; walk-ins are welcome.