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It is a very common injury in which a forceful twist in the knee causes one of its tissues to tear.
This is a common injury. In India, more than 1 million cases of a meniscus tear are registered every year. [1]

- Treatable by a medical professional
- Requires a medical diagnosis
- Lab tests or imaging are required often
- The injury resolves within months

A meniscus tear can occur in the elastic knee cartilage that pads the shinbone from the thigh bone. It can tear with the forceful twisting of the knee. Pain, swelling, stiffness, and difficulty in extending the knee are some symptoms. Treatments may include rest, ice, physiotherapy. Very rarely, surgery may be required.

Ages affected – 0-2 – Most rarely; between 3-13 – rarely; between 14-18 - commonly; between 19 – 60 – most commonly between 60and above – Commonly


The symptoms may include pain, swelling etc.
People may experience:
Pain areas: in the knee
Muscular: difficulty in walking or limited range of motion
Also common: stiffness or swollen knee


A doctor should be consulted immediately if these symptoms start to appear. If severe symptoms start to appear, medical help should be availed right away.


Physical Therapy restores muscle strength and function through exercise whereas stretching exercises can improve flexibility and improve physical function.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed to relieve pain, decrease inflammation and reduce fever. Analgesics are also sometimes prescribed to relieve pain.

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation are the main ways to deal with this injury. Aerobic activity for 20-30 minutes 5 days a week can improve cardiovascular health. If injured, involved in an activity that avoids any extra pressure in the affected area can help physically too.
Supportive care
Monitoring a medical condition instead of taking action right away can also be chosen in the first stage of the treatment.

Arthroscopy is sometimes followed to diagnose and treat joint problems using a tiny camera inserted through a small surgical opening.

For other kinds, consult a physician, an Orthopaedic Surgeon, Sports Medicine or a Physiotherapist. At Mfine we’re here to help you with different areas of health issues, come on board for a holistic treatment program.

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