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What is a meniscus tear?

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A meniscus tear is one of the most frequently occurring cartilage injuries of the knee. The meniscus is a piece of cartilage in your knee that cushions and stabilizes the joint. It protects the bones from wear and tear. All it takes is a good twist of the knee to tear the meniscus. In some cases, a piece of the shredded cartilage breaks loose and catches in the knee joint, causing it to lock up.

From: Meniscus Tear Knee Injury WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: ''Meniscal Tears.'' 

Calmbach, W. , Sept. 1, 2003.  American Family Physician

Davis, M. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Expert Guide to Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 19, 2017

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: ''Meniscal Tears.'' 

Calmbach, W. , Sept. 1, 2003.  American Family Physician

Davis, M. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Expert Guide to Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004. The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 19, 2017

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