Meniscal Root Tears

Nicholas I. Kennedy, Adam J. Tagliero, Aaron J. Krych

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Meniscal root injuries are very significant both to the short- and long-term health of the tibiofemoral joint. Kinematic and biomechanical studies have helped to further characterise the integral role of the meniscal roots in regards to both joint stability and prevention of osteoarthritis. Meniscal root injuries are so consequential that they are functionally equivalent to a complete meniscectomy in regards to their effects on joint contact force and contact area. With this in mind, a great amount of research clinical and cadaveric has been dedicated to further characterizing these injuries and common treatment modalities. As our understanding of these injuries has changed, so too have our diagnostic methods, treatment algorithm and surgical techniques. This chapter is meant to be the most up to date and holistic review on meniscal roots currently available and will be a valuable tool for anyone who will treat these injuries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEvidence-Based Management of Complex Knee Injuries
Subtitle of host publicationRestoring the Anatomy to Achieve Best Outcomes
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780323713108
ISBN (Print)9780323713115
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • contact area
  • contact pressure
  • meniscal root
  • one-tunnel technique
  • two-tunnel technique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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