Lateral Meniscus Syndrome

The lateral meniscus is the outer meniscus of the knee joint and gives a cushioning effect during weight bearing activities. Lateral meniscus syndrome is characterised by an injury caused by the tearing of the cartilage tissue or a rare case of a congenital abnormality called a discoid meniscus, which results in knee pain.

Lateral Meniscus Syndrome


  • Sharp pain associated with weight bearing activities, twisting movements, climbing stairs, kneeling or squatting
  • Audible popping or clicking of the knee on the front or back
  • Swelling
  • Weakness
  • Locking of the knee during certain movements
  • Feeling of giving way of the knee
  • Tenderness
  • Significant restriction of knee range-of-motion in severe cases
  • Inability to straighten the knee completely


  • Medical history
  • Physical examination
  • X-ray
  • MRI
  • Arthroscopy

Non-Surgical Treatments:

  • Dry Needling
  • Steroid and Hyaluronic Acid Image Guided Injections
  • High Volume Injections
  • Image Guided Calcific Barbotage

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