The meniscus is the most common injure of the knee structures. It is the protective part of the knee. It protects the articular cartilage, too, explains Dr. Keith Hechtman, Orthopedic Surgeon with Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute. With a knee prototype, the doctor describes its anatomy, how the meniscus is formed and how it works.
The most common knee injury is related to the meniscus. Its incidence could be ranged from 25 to 60 per hundred thousand people for year, affirms Dr. Keith Hechtman, Orthopedic Surgeon with Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute. Dr. Hechtman also says It's a very common injury and It's most common in males than females, because males tend to be heavier in weight and tend to be a little more active in sports and the stress that they apply to the knee. ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is a very frequently knee injury, he adds.
Dr. Keith Hechtman, Orthopedic Surgeon with Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, explains how he diagnoses a knee injury. He affirms it is a combination of different things: listening to the patients, x-rays and physical exam. The meniscus is located between two bones. Frequently if theyâ€™re going to have pain, it would be by the joint line, he says.
Dr. Keith Hechtman, Orthopedic Surgeon with Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute, affirms cushion is very important to protect the knee from excessive wear. He describes with a prototype, that although the meniscus looks like a structure, it is between 80 and 90% its weight in water. The doctor says It's important to keep the meniscus, because it acts as a water cushion, and that allows things like jumping and running instead of having the bones hit together.