The image at left reveals a normal meniscus sitting between the femur above and the tibia below. The meniscus is a C-shaped structure in your knee that is made of fibro-cartilage. It acts as a cushion for the knee when it’s bearing weight.

Most meniscal tears in adults are attritional

that is, the meniscus simply wears out from years of use. Most adult patients with a torn meniscus don’t even recall how or when the meniscus tear happened.

The presentation for a meniscus tear is usually quite different in children or adolescents. Their tears are usually traumatic in nature and will usually arise from a non-contact twisting injury.

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Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles --- all geared to improve your quality of life. Please read our Disclaimer

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