Meniscus cartilage injuries

Injuries to the knee meniscus (cartilage tissue) are some of the most common injuries seen in the knee joint.

What is a meniscus?

A meniscus is a wedge-shaped shock absorber made of tough, rubbery connective tissue that helps absorb vibrations and force within your knee when you take part in sports or carry out everyday activities such as walking.

There are two menisci in each knee:

•    The medial meniscus is on the inner side of the knee, which is the most commonly injured
•    The lateral meniscus is on the outer side

Both menisci are sandwiched between the end of the thigh bone (femur) and the top of the shin bone (tibia) in the middle of your knee

Important: This information is only a guideline to help you understand your treatment and what to expect. Everyone is different and your rehabilitation may be quicker or slower than other people’s. Please contact us for advice if you’re worried about any aspect of your health or recovery.