Conditions & Treatments
Meniscus Tears - Knee Cartilage
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The menisci are cartilage structures in the knee joint that act as buffers between the bones. The menisci are vulnerable to injury, especially during twisting motions used for sports. Some tears in certain parts of the meniscus may heal on their own, but in many cases surgery is necessary. Arthroscopic surgery is the accepted method of treating meniscus tears. Because the joint is not fully opened, recovery is faster and has fewer complications than with older open surgery methods.
The outer edges of the menisci have a blood supply, which can allow injuries to heal. The inner part of the menisci does not have a good blood supply, and tears in this area cannot heal on their own. The menisci help to support your body weight and act as shock absorbers when you walk or run. They also allow your knee bones to glide easily during motion.
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