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Navigating Knee Meniscal Tears: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Knee injuries can be a common setback, and one prevalent issue many individuals face is a meniscal tear. The meniscus, a C-shaped cartilage in the knee, plays a crucial role in providing stability and cushioning. In this blog, we will delve into the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for knee meniscal tears.

Understanding Knee Meniscal Tears:

Meniscal tears often occur due to sudden twisting or turning movements, especially when the foot is planted on the ground. Athletes, particularly those in sports requiring pivoting and sudden stops, are more susceptible to meniscal tears. Aging also contributes to increased vulnerability, as the meniscus weakens over time.


  1. Pain: Individuals with a meniscal tear often experience pain, particularly along the joint line.
  2. Swelling: Swelling around the knee is a common symptom, usually occurring within a day or two after the injury.
  3. Limited Range of Motion: A torn meniscus can hinder the full range of motion in the knee.
  4. Locking or Catching: Some may experience a sensation of the knee locking or catching, making it difficult to move smoothly.


A thorough examination by a medical professional is essential for an accurate diagnosis. This may involve physical assessments, imaging studies like MRI, and a detailed discussion of the patient’s medical history and symptoms.

Types of Meniscal Tears:

  1. Radial Tears: These occur along the meniscus’s outer edge and can be caused by trauma.
  2. Horizontal Tears: Often seen in degenerative conditions, these tears run parallel to the joint surface.
  3. Bucket-Handle Tears: A significant portion of the meniscus tears away, causing a distinct “bucket-handle” shape.

Treatment Options:

  1. Conservative Management
  2. Regenerative Therapy – Stem Cell Injections
  3. Medication
  4. Arthroscopic Surgery

Recovery and Rehabilitation:

Post-surgery, rehabilitation is crucial. Physical therapy exercises focus on restoring strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Gradual reintroduction of activities and sports is guided by the healthcare team.


While not all meniscal tears can be prevented, certain measures can lower the risk, such as maintaining a healthy weight, strengthening the muscles around the knee, and using proper techniques in sports and activities.

Knee meniscal tears can be challenging, but with timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment, individuals can effectively manage and overcome this common knee injury. If you suspect a meniscal tear, consult with a healthcare professional for a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan.

Dr. Lox

Whether you are a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or have arthritis from aging, Dr. Lox can help. Dennis M. Lox, M.D. is an internationally renown Sports and Regenerative Medicine specialist. Dr. Lox incorporates Regenerative Medicine techniques such as cell science applications, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Tissue Engineering aspects, to help patients from around the world with a vast array of problems. Dr. Lox is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lox lectures extensively and has edited two PM&R textbooks, the prestigious A State of the Art Review (Star) on Low Back Pain, and Soft Tissue Injuries: Diagnosis and Treatment. Dennis M. Lox, M.D. maintains an active practice in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, and in Beverly Hills, California.

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