What is a meniscus tear?
One of the most common injuries to the knee joint is a meniscus tear. Young, active adults and athletes are most at risk for a meniscus tear, especially those in contact sports, or who participate in activities that twist the knee while bending or squatting. A meniscus tear occurs when the strong fibrocartilage that makes up the meniscus, rips or separates from its soft tissue attachment (called the peripheral capsule). Tears can occur in a variety of locations and patterns within the knee. In general, the simpler the pattern and the closer the tear is to the periphery (blood supply) the more amenable it is to repair. Dr. Armando Vidal, orthopedic knee specialist has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating meniscal tears for patients in Vail, Aspen and the surrounding Denver, Colorado communities.