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A torn meniscus can be very painful and often requires medical care. The injury can occur when a person undertakes strenuous twisting involving the knees, especially during sports. Although there are several symptoms, pain and swelling are the most common. Depending on the location and severity, an individual with a torn meniscus may need medication, surgery, or physical therapy.

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1. What Is the Meniscus?

The meniscus is the thin, fragile tissue between the knee joints. It acts as a cushion and shock absorber and is crucial to keeping the joint stable. It also helps more evenly distribute body weight across the knees. Without the meniscus, the joints and bones would push and rub together, causing regular wear and tear and inevitable damage.

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