Detecting Knee-Cushion Problems Early Could Lead to Better Treatments
Research Could Provide Clues to Causes of Osteoarthritis
Trent Guess found even small changes in the menisci can hinder their ability to perform critical knee functions.
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Story posted: May 04, 2015
By: Jesslyn Chew
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Within the knee, two specialized, C-shaped pads of tissue called menisci perform many functions that are critical to knee-joint health. The menisci, best known as the shock absorbers in the knee, help disperse pressure, reduce friction and nourish the knee. Now, new research from the University of Missouri shows even small changes in the menisci can hinder their ability to perform critical knee functions. The research could provide new approaches to preventing and treating meniscal injuries as well as clues to understanding osteoarthritis; meniscal problems are one of the major causes of joint pain and degeneration.