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Treating a Meniscus Tear: When Is Knee Surgery Your Best Option?

Knee SurgeryA meniscus tear is among the most common knee injuries, but you might be surprised to learn that your doctor may treat your injury differently, depending on how old you are.

A meniscal tear is a tear in the cartilages, or menisci, that are located between the two bones that make up your leg. Treatment depends on several factors, from your age to the overall condition of the meniscus, says orthopedic surgeon Richard Parker, MD.

We talked with Dr. Parker about this potentially painful injury.