The following symptoms are common indicators of a torn meniscus:
- Knee pain: There's often pain in the knee, especially when rotating or putting pressure on the knee. The location of the pain depends on where the tear is and how severe it is.
- Swelling or stiffness: Swelling usually occurs within the first 24-48 hours after the injury. The knee may also feel stiff and bending it might be difficult.
- Popping sensation: You may experience a popping sensation at the time of the injury. This isn't always present, but it's a common indicator of a meniscus tear.
- Difficulty moving the knee: You might find it hard to move your knee as you usually would, particularly in bending and straightening it.
- Locking or catching: The knee may lock, or you might feel as if it's catching when you move it. This happens because the torn part of the meniscus gets stuck in the knee joint.
- Feeling of instability: There might be a sensation that the knee is giving way or is not able to support your weight as usual.