A meniscal tear is a tear through the substance of the meniscus, the shock absorber of the knee.

longitudinal tear of the knee meniscus
An example of a longitudinal tear or circumferential tear of the meniscus.


Options of management of meniscal tears

A small meniscus tear of the inner rim may be of little consequence. Larger tears may disrupt the mechanics of the meniscus by damaging the integrity of the fibre bundles. The surgeon may use his discretion as to whether the damaged part should be removed (meniscectomy) or repaired, but this will usually depend upon the location of the tear and the nature of the tear.


Meniscus tears

Discusses how a meniscus can become injured, and the types of meniscus tear and their consequences