Specialist expertise: Hip Conditions, Knee Conditions, Sports Injuries, Orthopaedics, Hip Arthroscopy, Hip, Hip and Knee Disorders, Knee, Knee Reconstruction, Knee Arthroscopy, Arthritis, Meniscal Surgery.
The Menisci are two crescent-shaped pads of cartilage in your knee joint and sit between your thigh bone (femur) and your shin bone (tibia). They are there to absorb any shock or impact of your upper leg on your lower leg during activity but play a significant role when playing sports and working out in the gym. They are also loaded during stair climbing or in deep flexion while kneeling. They are also there to help stabilise your knee joint and keep the movements of your knee smooth.
Tears of the menisci occur when the meniscus is abnormally loaded in twisting injuries. In the younger knee this often happens during sport but in an older knee as the meniscus loses its pliability it can occur in routine day to day twists.