Wellness Wednesday: A Common Knee Problem for Athletes—Meniscus Tears


Loudoun County, Va. — A meniscus is the cartilage that is found in the knee joint that sits between the bones of the leg known as the femur and tibia. Think of two pads that cushion the inner and outer aspects of your knee. It functions to absorb shock, distribute the load of forces in the knee, and to keep the joint lubricated by moving around fluids.

A meniscus tear can frequently occur with twisting or turning activities often when the foot is planted. In younger people they can commonly occur with sports or heavy lifting activities however as we age how it’s torn may not be known due to degenerative factors. Your basic “wear and tear”.

Initially you may have mild swelling and joint pain however you will still be able to walk. As time goes on there may be no symptoms at all. In fact some individuals have meniscus tears without even knowing it. Depending on location and severity of the tear there may be other symptoms in addition to pain and swelling including: catching or clicking when walking, inability to bend or extend knee and buckling or feelings of instability.

NOTE FROM OUR SPONSOR: If you or someone you know has experienced or is currently experiencing any of these issues or just have generally achiness/pain call our office today at 703-450-4300. We can evaluate you and determine what steps you need to take to return back to your pain free life!


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