The meniscus is the shock absorber of the knee.

What is a knee meniscus?

Synonyms: 
Knee cartilage
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What is meniscus preservation and why does it matter?

The menisci are now recognised to be integral parts of the knee and not the vestigial and dispensable remains of evolution as once thought.

Because the meniscus was thus thought to be a trivial structure, tears in the meniscus often meant that the surgeon simply cut away the torn part or removed the meniscus altogether. But we now know that the meniscus is a very significant structure within the knee.

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Knee anatomy intro

This page demonstrates the bones of the knee - femur, tibia, and patella. The shock-absorbing menisci fill the gap between the rounded ends of the femur bone and the flattened upper surface of the tibia bone. The cruciate ligaments act as a 'stay' to allow movement of the femur and tibia, without the movement being excessive.

What is a knee meniscus?

The concepts surrounding the knee meniscus are not difficult to understand, but they are not always clearly explained.

This video should help to put a lot of issues into a clearer perspective. Below the video you will find the narrative that accompanies the video.

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Clearing up confusion about knee cartilage

It is a source of perpetual frustration to me that doctors fail to clarify in patient's minds the difference between the two kinds of knee cartilage - the articular cartiage covering the ends of the long bones and the meniscal cartilage which forms the shock absorber of the knee.

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How the meniscus is injured

Understanding the mechanism of injury of the knee-cartilage.

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