More about Meniscal Tears
Meniscal tears are a common sporting injury and can be accompanied by damage to the ligaments on either side. Tears often occur due to an impact on a twisted knee.
Meniscal tears are often referred to as a torn cartilage in the knee.
In older people, tears can occur from normal movements including walking, squatting or getting up from a chair with a twisted knee. As the cartilage ages, it can degeneration and wear thin. This weakened cartilage will be more prone to tears.
Meniscal Tears Treatment
Your Consultant may recommend imaging including MRI scanning to check the extent and location of any tear.
The treatment plan will depend not only on the size and location of the tear, but other factors including your age, activity level and other medical conditions.
The level of blood supply in the meniscus changes greatly with location, so some areas heal much better than others. The outer section is known as the Red Zone and has quite a good blood supply while the inner White Zone does not. Tears of equal size may be repairable in one part of the knee, but require removal of the damaged meniscus in another part.
Meniscal repairs and replacements are possible in some cases and your Consultant will advise you on the most suitable treatment options for your condition.
Our team provide a rapid access service and can sometimes provide same day appointments. Contact our Unit Coordinator on firstname.lastname@example.org to find out the first available appointment.