Many adults have meniscus tears and do not even know it. If an MRI is obtained these meniscal tears are typically found to be degenerative or attritional tears. Attritional tears are occasionally painful and may flare up with certain activities.
Most painful meniscus tears in adults are usually larger “flap” tears. These meniscal tears typically will cause pain with kneeling, squatting, pivoting, or going down stairs. Occasionally they will even hurt at night when you roll over in bed. Some people may feel popping or snapping. Some people will also describe that the knee “gives way.” This may occur if a torn piece is becoming caught between the bones in the knee. For more information please refer to the section dedicated to Meniscal Tears.