Do only athletes experience meniscus root tears?
There are two groups of individuals who suffer meniscal root tears with athletes being the second largest group. Patients in their 50’s make up the largest group and the tear usually occurs without major trauma. Oftentimes, a patient will report a “pop” in their knee with deep flexion, squatting, lifting or other seemingly innocuous activities – like tying their shoe! Frequently the initial pain is minor but escalates quickly in the subsequent days or weeks, to very high levels.
These types of meniscal root tears can be more severe and cause greater problems of osteoarthritis, osteonecrosis, insufficiency fractures and swelling. These injuries are often misdiagnosed or missed on MRI. Dr. Vidal and his team at the Steadman Clinic are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of these injuries for patients Vail, Aspen and the surrounding Denver Colorado communities.