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What does a torn meniscus feel like?

Patients can either tear their medial (inside of the knee) or lateral (outside of the knee) meniscus. Medial meniscus tears are much more common than lateral meniscus tears. Patients typically experience pain directly over the torn meniscus, as well as popping or catching. Squatting usually increases the pain. There is often minimal swelling present. A torn meniscus may not cause any pain when walking, but then can cause sharp, sudden pain with knee rotation.

Look for more posts to come on the treatment options that are available for a torn meniscus. And be sure to check out our website at for more patient information on how to treat common conditions and injuries.