What is a meniscus root tear?
Both the medial (inner) and lateral (outer) menisci have strong attachments to the bone, called “roots.” These root attachments are critical to the health and function of the meniscus and are responsible for holding the meniscus in place. Without the root attachments, the meniscus can extrude (squirt out of) the knee and would be unable to perform its function as a shock absorber. For decades the importance of the meniscal root in knee biomechanics has been under appreciated. Only in past few years has the impact of a root tear on knee health been understood. Despite this increased awareness, these injuries are often missed on MRI. The key to successful management of these injuries is meniscal preservation and repair. Unfortunately, if left untreated or if the meniscal tear is debrided (cleaned up) the underlying biomechanical picture is not improved, and arthritis can reliably result.
Dr. Armando Vidal, orthopedic knee specialist has extensive experience with meniscus root tears and meniscal preservation techniques and can help patients in Vail, Aspen and the surrounding Denver, Colorado communities who are experiencing a meniscal injury.