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Cartilage Tears

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Articular cartilage is a substance that covers the ends of many of your bones.  It cushions them during movement and provides a smooth surface for the bones in a joint to glide on.  The meniscal cartilages in the knee differ from articular cartilage, and function as stabilizers and shock absorbers.  Injury or certain medical conditions can cause the meniscal cartilage to tear. 

Cartilage tears cause joint pain, swelling, locking, giving way, and loss of function.  Arthroscopic surgery is commonly used to treat cartilage tears.  Arthroscopic surgery is associated with relatively minimal pain and short recovery periods.

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