Common "Meniscus" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


A meniscus is C-shaped or crescent-shaped cartilage present in the knee, wrist, temporomandibular, sternoclavicular, and acromioclavicular joints. But in general, the term meniscus is used for the cartilage present in the knee joint. The primary function of the meniscus is to disperse the weight of the body on the knees and to reduce friction in the knee joint while walking and other movements. The meniscus is vulnerable and often gets torn during sports injuries.

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My 13-year-old girl injured her knee and it pops and hurts while straightening. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a mother of a 13-year-old girl whose height is 5 feet and 2 inches and weight is 193 pounds. She fell a few weeks ago and injured her knee and as I am doing some research I think she broke her meniscus. We have not consulted the doctor yet and we really need a professional opinion...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. As you have told me about your child's knee injury I would like to tell you here that meniscus is an important structure in the knee region because it not only acts like a shock absorber but also participates in the even distribution of...  Read Full »

I have knee problems. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having knee problems lately, and I am a 45-year-old woman. The symptoms make me wonder if it could be a meniscus tear. Can you tell me more about the typical signs of a meniscus tear in someone of my age and gender? Also, what general advice or treatments should I consider ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I just read your query. I can understand your concern. A meniscus tear is a common knee injury that can occur at any age, including in 45-year-old women like yourself. The meniscus is a crescent-shaped cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between the thigh bone (fe...  Read Full »

Does my son require surgery for the snapping sound from his left knee without pain?

Query: Hi doctor, My son aged 7 has had a snapping sound from the left knee lately without complaining of any pain. He had an MRI done on his left knee. The MRI opinion is as follows: There is a discoid lateral meniscus, significant swelling of the posterior horn of the lateral meniscus, and intrameniscal...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Chawla

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern regarding surgical management and also, because of the fact there is no pain. Surgical management is indicated in case of symptomatic discoid meniscus and a popping or snapping sound is an indication for surgery. It can be managed by arthroscopi...  Read Full »

Kindly explain the MRI taken for left knee soreness.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old male, weight around 78 kg and have been having soreness on my left anterior knee for the last three to four months (not an accident or anything just started getting sore). I finally got an MRI and was told the following (but I do not really understand the terminology...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Let me explain the report findings (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) in simple words. The ACL and PCL are intact. The anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments are important to provide stability to the knee and are frequently injured due to traum...  Read Full »

I was diagnosed with a secondary meniscus injury. How long will it take to recover?

Query: Hi doctor, I was treated for a secondary meniscus injury in the hospital for a year. I have pain outside the meniscus while squatting. I do not have pain in the quadriceps tendon. I have a history of pregnancy twice. How much time will it take to recover? Should I be concerned about the symptoms?  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Gayakwad

Answer: Hi,Welcome to provide more details about your symptoms. Since you have a history of meniscus injury, it recurs due to daily activities. Avoid ground-level activities like squatting and sitting in the crossed-legs position. Please follow up.  Read Full »

What causes sharp knee pain in me for the last 2 months?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 35-year-old male, weight 162 pounds, and height" 5 feet and 11 inches. I am trying to avoid going to a doctor/hospital due to the current pandemic situation, but my left knee has progressively gotten worse over the last 2.5 months. I am not 100 % sure what caused the pain, as I p...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Gupta

Answer: Hello,Welcome to you able to squat comfortably and completely?  Read Full »

What does my knee MRI actually indicate?

Query: Hi doctor, Recently, I slipped from the bike and hurt my right knee. Though it is causing less pain during a normal walk, it hurts a lot while walking on stairs. I visited an orthopedic surgeon, and he told me to take an MRI. The MRI report is as follows: Impression: Grade 3 tear involving the pos...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It would have been ideal if you had posted your MRI films for me to see, as, without them, I can only comment and answer your questions with limited knowledge of your condition. Cysts are not an immediate result of trauma. They develop over time and may have prec...  Read Full »

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