A 42-year-old member asked:
Is swimming a good idea if you have a torn ligament in the knee?
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Specializes in Pediatrics
Swimming is: Always a good idea....Have you discussed this with your doctor? Swimming is non weight bearing so it is ideal for orthopedic injuries and recovery. If you have pain when you use the knee swimming, then no. For gentle exercise an mobility, yes.
5.7k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Yes: Doing low impact exercise like swimming or biking is important. Go easy the first time in the pool. Especially getting in and out of the pool. Also only do flutter kick. No breaststroke kick the first time. Breaststroke kick puts some torque through the knee.
4.9k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Last updated Apr 16, 2018
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.