There are three bones that come together to form the knee joint. They include the thighbone, the shinbone, and the kneecap. Between the thighbone and shinbone are two C-shaped pieces of cartilage that act both as cushions and shock absorbers. The C-shaped cartilage is called the meniscus and it is important in helping stabilize the knee. If the meniscus is torn, your knee may not be able to function properly. Dr. Richard A. Marks and his orthopedic team are very experienced in diagnosing and treating a torn meniscus.
Symptoms of a Meniscus Tear
The menisci are especially vulnerable to being injured by athletic movements such as twisting of the knee or sudden impacts, stops and turns. A tear to your meniscus can happen suddenly, or as a result of an impact injury. A meniscus can also tear over time simply through wear and tear. Common symptoms of a torn meniscus may include:
- Clicking or Popping Sensation
- Locked Knee (unable to bend or straighten)
- Knee Pain
- Giving Way
Treating a Meniscus Tear
The location and severity of a meniscus tear will determine if treatments can be conservative or surgical. If knee surgery is recommended, Dr. Marks has the experience to provide top care. The most common surgical approach to repairing a torn Meniscus is arthroscopic surgery. If your torn meniscus requires surgery, Dr. Marks and his experienced orthopedic team uses the latest medical advances in arthroscopic surgery.
Schedule an Appointment
Dr. Marks is now accepting new patients experiencing a torn meniscus. To schedule an appointment, please contact us online or call our office at 972-231-7100.