What is the prevalence of meniscus injuries in the US?

Updated: Oct 12, 2018
  • Author: Bradley S Baker, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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  • Meniscal injuries may be the most common knee injury. The prevalence of acute meniscal tears is 61 cases per 100,000 persons.

  • The overall male-to-female incidence is approximately 2.5:1. The peak incidence of meniscal injury for males is in those aged 31-40 years. For females, the peak incidence is in those aged 11-20 years.

  • In patients older than 65 years, the rate of degenerative meniscal tears is 60%.

  • Root tears are observed in 28% of medial meniscal tears. [4]

  • Surgical procedures of the meniscus are performed on an estimated 850,000 patients each year. [5]

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