A torn meniscus is one of the most common injuries to the knee and can happen in just about any profession. To understand what a torn meniscus is and how to identify it, it's important to first review the anatomy of the knee.
We hear about professional athletes suffering knee injuries all the time. These can occur when undue stress is placed on the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) which connects the upper and lower parts of the leg. When the knee is twisted or bends too much, the ligament can stretch or partially tear. In severe cases, the ligament can be torn entirely. Some athletes recover from these injuries, while for others, an ACL injury marks the end of their careers.