The meniscus is the shock absorber of the knee.

It is crescentic in shape, with a wider outer rim and a flattened inner rim. At the far ends are the two 'horns'.

fingers explaining shape of lateral meniscus knee joint showing the meniscus knee meniscus showing the menisco-capsular junction
The lateral (outer) meniscus is more 'O-shaped' than the medial meniscus, which is more 'C-shaped'. The two menisci (plural) act as shock absorbers between the two long bones of femur and tibia. Detail to show the intimate relationship of the meniscus to the capsule.
Synonyms: 
Knee cartilage
Knee cartilages
Semi-lunar cartilage
Semi-lunar cartilages
Meniscal cartilage
Meniscal cartilages
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Young people have special issues when it comes to knee injury, because their bones are still growing.

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CLINICAL PUBLICATIONS

Restoration of the meniscus: form and function. Hutchinson ID, Moran CJ, Potter HG, Warren RF, Rodeo SA. Am J Sports Med. 2014 Apr;42(4):987-98.

Knee Range of Motion as a Discriminatory Tool Indicating Potential Meniscal Tears. Hollier J, Leonardi C, Igbokwe L, Dasa V. Ochsner J. 2018 Summer;18(2):126-130.

Biomechanics and Clinical Outcomes of Partial Meniscectomy. Feeley BT, Lau BC. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2018 Sep 18. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-17-00256. [Epub ahead of print].



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