If you have hit middle age you’ve likely suffered a meniscal tear at some point in recent years, it’s likely that surgical repair was, or will be, the recommended treatment. But a new study published in The British Medical Journal suggests that you might want to nix surgery and consider exercise therapy, instead.
The meniscus is a piece of cartilage that sits in your knee and provides a cushion between your femur bone and your tibia bone. There are actually two menisci in each knee joint and they are often at risk of trauma associated with physical activities and sports that require strong pivots, starts and stops (basketball, tennis, etc.). In fact, the meniscus can be damaged or torn during any activity (or accident) that 1) puts excessive pressure on the knee joint or 2) involves rotating or twisting the joint. You can even tear it when standing up suddenly. Meniscal tears are pretty common among kids, teens, and adults.
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