Meniscal root tears are a common injury. In fact, they account for more than 10% of knee injuries. While they have been around for many years, it is only recently, in the past 5 – 10 years, that it has been recognized as a specific injury and one that is very important to have repaired.
The Meniscus is the cartilage that lives in the knee and acts as a cushion between the tibia and femur. It is a C-shaped structure that is located on both the outside and inside of the knee. The meniscus provides 50% of the weight bearing in the joint. If it is torn the femur and tibia start to carry the load, which can lead to joint degeneration and early arthritis, if not addressed.