Meniscus: What is it and why is it important?

Everyone has two menisci in each knee. These C-shaped pieces of cartilage are what cushion and stabilize the two big leg bones that meet at your knee. When this cartilage is torn, you experience pain, swelling, and sometimes limited motion. It doesn’t take a downhill ski injury or a major fall to tear it, but activities that make you twist or pivot make you more at risk of a tear. Meniscus tears are one of the most common knee injuries seen by orthopedic surgeons, but not all meniscus tears require surgery. It does require a professional to diagnose it. Paragon Orthopedics sees many knee injuries and can help diagnose your knee problems when pain &/or swelling is a problem. Get a diagnosis and move forward under the care of the professionals at Paragon here in Grants Pass, Oregon, your resource for orthopedic care in Southern Oregon.