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A torn knee meniscus can often require surgery to repair. Each knee contains two of these c-shaped cartilages. If rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medications do not relieve the pain of a torn meniscus, surgery may be required.
Symptoms of a torn meniscus are popping in the knee, swelling, stiffness, pain when twisting the knee and pain when walking.
The meniscus usually gets torn because of sudden stopping and twisting, causing the knee to quickly rotate in the socket.
Pain from a torn meniscus is caused when torn pieces move in the knee joint. If home treatment does not alleviate the pain, arthroscopic surgery to repair the meniscus is required.
Since the surgery is minimally invasive, recovery time usually only takes two weeks; however, it can take up to one month.
Physical therapy generally starts on the seventh postoperative day and lasts for six weeks. After six weeks, activity restrictions are usually lifted.