Asymptomatic meniscal tears

Niv Marom, Gideon Mann

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Meniscus tears can occur following a local trauma or spontaneously due to aging and degenerative processes. An asymptomatic meniscal tear finding on MRI scan is common. It ranges from ~5 % in young ages and up to 67 % in older ages. The older the patient is and the more osteoarthritic findings, the higher the prevalence. There is no evidence of a direct link between meniscal tears and knee symptoms in middle-aged and older adults, and it is evident that meniscal tears and knee symptoms are separately connected to osteoarthritis. A diagnosis of an asymptomatic meniscal tear requires careful evaluation and consideration when choosing the appropriate treatment. Once ruling out mechanical complaints and symptoms, the treatment of choice is conservative treatment because there is a lack of evidence of superiority for surgical treatments. Further research is needed for assessing and comparing the efficacy of the various possible treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSports Injuries
Subtitle of host publicationPrevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Rehabilitation, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9783642365690
ISBN (Print)9783642365683
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015


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