The meniscus is a shock absorber of sorts – and is torn quite easily – especially during squatting or twisting motions during sports like netball, soccer and football.
The symptoms of a meniscal tear include:
- Pain especially when twisting or rotating the knee
- A popping sensation
- Altered range of motion
- Difficulty straightening the knee fully
Initial treatment is rest, ice, crutches, elevation and avoiding weight bearing activities.
The good news is that surgery, when required is generally very successful and can be done as a day procedure in hospital.