The meniscus is the shock absorber of the knee.

What is a knee meniscus?

Synonyms: 
Knee cartilage
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Mobility of the knee meniscus

Many online images, and most 3D models that patients are shown in the consulting room, make it appear that the menisci simply 'float' in the space between the femur and the tibia, attached only at the horns.

This is not the case at all.

menisci from above

 

Meniscus mobility

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Seven Symptoms of a Torn Knee Meniscus

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This eBook discusses the consequences of part of the knee meniscus or shock absorber tearing away from its moorings on the tibia bone.

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.

Udemy Course - Knee meniscus ('knee cartilage') injury & surgical options

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