- Can result from playing sport or normal activities of daily living. The athletic population is at greatest risk, especially those who participate in twisting sports (commonly football and basketball).
- Common complaints include catching, locking, or buckling of the knee, knee pain, or any combination of these symptoms.
- MRI scan considered most accurate and non-invasive method of diagnosis. Meniscal tears are mainly either traumatic or degenerative.
- Most tears do not heal spontaneously and are treated arthroscopically by meniscus repair (if torn in a clear, clean pattern) or partial meniscectomy (if torn in a complex or degenerative pattern).
- Successful outcome requires close follow-up and adherence to physiotherapy.
Last updated: May 20, 2013