A meniscal tear is a very common injury among athletes and physical activity enthusiasts.
The menisci are located between the femur and tibia bones. There are two of them, the medial meniscus and the lateral meniscus. They provide shock absorption and additional stability to the knee joint during impact.
A meniscal tear mainly occurs during a sudden pivot with the foot anchored to the ground. In a severe sprain, the meniscal tear is often associated with damage to a cruciate ligament and a collateral ligament. This condition is called the knee triad.
Following a meniscus tear, the prognosis is rather favorable. Rehabilitation for a few months generally makes it possible to regain the physical abilities present before the injury.