Meniscus tears are sometimes referred to as torn cartilage. The meniscus serves a vital role as a cushion between the femur (thighbone) and tibia (shinbone). Meniscus tears are common sports injuries resulting from routine movements such as squatting, as is common in football. But any sport can potentially cause a meniscus tear, as it essentially happens when the knee is twisted. Similar to other knee injuries, meniscus tears may be fist noticed by a popping sound in the knee. Swelling will typically follow, and eventually the knee may feel like it's giving out. In most cases, non-surgical methods of treatment will not fix the torn meniscus. Dr. Nadel will likely be required to perform Arthroscopic Surgery to repair the tear, or to remove the areas that have been damaged.