Knee Pain? Make Sure Your Meniscus is in Top Shape

Darien Daily Voice—April 26, 2016

In a recent article published in the Darien Daily Voice, Moira M. McCarthy, MD, a sports medicine surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery, explains meniscus tears and how this injury can occur in individuals of all ages.

Dr. McCarthy states that, "There are actually two menisci in each knee that distribute the weight of the body and reduce friction in the knee...The shape and attachments of the menisci within the knee are essential to the function of protecting the cartilage in the knee from damage with activity such as walking, running and playing sports."

Dr. McCarthy also attributes meniscus tears to "'wear and tear' or early arthritis of the knee. Tears from an injury usually happen when a person twists a knee awkwardly or has a collision or fall. Meniscus tears from trauma can occur alone or in combination with ligament injuries."

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