A meniscal root tear is a tear of the horn of the front or back (anterior or posterior horn) of the meniscus, at the point where the body of the meniscus becomes the root.


Meniscal root tears and arthritis

Meniscus root tears are often missed, but if left untreated they can lead to joint arthritis. Meniscal root tears are classified as Types 1-5 depending on the situation and extent of the tear.

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A probe being used to examine the integrity of the posterior horns. A radial tear through the body of the posterior horn at the root. Dr Robert LaPrade of the Steadman-Philippon Institute discusses the importance of the early recognition and repair of meniscal root tears. (Start video, then click box on right of video to jump to YouTube)
meniscal root lesion

Meniscus Library

Library of excerpts from the medical literature about the Meniscus, with links to PubMed

Review article of literature relating to meniscal root tears

An interpretation of a 2015 published medical article on meniscal root tears.



Meniscal Root Tears: Current Concepts Review. Pache S, Aman ZS, Kennedy M, Nakama GY, Moatshe G, Ziegler C, and LaPrade RF. Arch Bone Jt Surg. 2018 Jul; 6(4): 250–259.

Meniscal Extrusion Progresses Shortly after the Medial Meniscus Posterior Root Tear. Furumatsu T, Kodama Y, Kamatsuki Y, Hino T, Okazaki Y and Ozaki T. Knee Surg Relat Res. 2017 Dec; 29(4): 295–301..

See also -

eBook - Pain in the back of the knee

Managing Meniscal Injuries - ebook

Meniscus Avulsion - ebook