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meniscal tear

Michael Kent

in The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine

Third edition

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780198568506
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191727788
meniscal tear

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Damage of a meniscus (semi-lunar cartilage) in the knee. The cartilage is usually detached by a rotatory stress, for example, when the knee is twisted. Meniscal tears may occur as a result of a single traumatic event or they may be the cumulative effect of repeated twisting, turning, and compression forces on the knee over a long period. A tear is characterized by recurrent pain located along the affected joint margins (joint-line tenderness) intermittent catching, locking, or clicking (these can usually be demonstrated by the ...

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Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine

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