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The band you are feeling is likely to be ilio tibial band.
You cannot feel a meniscus by palpation from outside .
Stiffness in the knee can be due to many different reasons.
These would include mild effusion that is collection of fluid in the knee, changes in the cartilage in knee or injury to any soft tissue structure inside and including menisci or ligaments.
Most people will get relief just by giving rest to the knee, icing it, using a compression sleeve and taking an anti-inflammatory like advil for few days
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It is it is possible that you have a mild effusion inside the knee. That can cause the band to be prominent compared to the other side.