I MAY HAVE A TORN MENISCUS, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

Meniscus Anatomy: The meniscus is a soft tissue structure within the knee joint that is comprised of two components, medial and lateral meniscus, that lays between the corresponding femoral condyle and tibial plateau. Several ligaments anchor each menisci from the anterior and posterior horn of meniscus to the tibia and femur. The functions of the menisci are to reduce compressive stress, enhance bony congruency, distribute weight bearing forces, improve joint stability, increase proprioception, and guide knee arthrokinematics. When the meniscus is torn or removed, there is a decrease in contact area between the tibia and femur leading to 2-3x greater contact force, which can lead to cartil