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Okay to exercise on elliptical with torn meniscus?

Okay to exercise on elliptical with torn meniscus?

No twist: Best to get it fixed. However, in the mean time, avoid twisting and pivoting activities as well as high impact. Stationary biking and elliptical would be best. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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Do steroids work on torn meniscus on knee?

Do steroids work on torn meniscus on knee?

Yes: The question is more likely will steroids make my knee stop hurting. Torn meniscus in someone in middle age is most likely degenerative in nature, in other words a component of the arthritic process. Reality is hard to know if the pain someone is having is only from the meniscus or from the overall degenerative joint disease. But a cortisone injection may help relieve the pain. ...Read more

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How do torn ACL and knee reconstruction differ?

How do torn ACL and knee reconstruction differ?

Acl: A torn acl is the actual damage to the ligament. An acl reconstruction is the term for the surgery to place a graft in the knee which will become a new ligament. ...Read more

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Acl deficient knee (injury 1999) current age- 30 yrs rare buckling once/year not active lifestyle gym injury-medial meniscus (2012) advise ACL surg?

Acl deficient knee (injury 1999)
current age- 30 yrs
rare buckling once/year
not active lifestyle
gym injury-medial meniscus  (2012)
advise ACL surg?

Maybe: If you are happy with your current activity level/lifestyle and not buckling with everyday activities you may not need to have acl reconstruction. If you want to eventually return to jumping, pivoting, change of direction activities then you might consider surgery. An experienced sports medicine ortho can guide you towards making an appropriate decision. ...Read more

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Had knee surgery to repair torn meniscus. It was recommended to ride stationary bike as part of recovery. Is an upright or recumbent bike better?

Had knee surgery to repair torn meniscus.  It was recommended to ride stationary bike as part of recovery.  Is an upright or recumbent bike better?

Start recumbent: Using an upright bike will put more pressure on your knee while it is healing and is not recommended, while a recumbent bike has less pressure and helps to keep range of motion of joint and maintain muscle tone. So, start with recumbent bike after surgery. When the knee is feeling better and stronger, then you can shift to an upright bike. ...Read more

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Is running with a completely torn ACL and a torn lateral meniscus okay?

Is running with a completely torn ACL and a torn lateral meniscus okay?

Not unheard, but...: Certainly has risks. If you elect to run w/ a torn acl you need to speak w/ your physician about your strength & getting the right kind of brace to protect the joint. As for the meniscus i would need more info about the type & symptoms of tear to make a recommendation. For the best long term outcomes (w/ high activity level) i suggest surgery, better early than late. More @ drmarkgalland.Com. ...Read more

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Badminton coach, 22yrs.2months over with my ACL surgery, hamstring autograft.I only do standing core exercise, walk approx 4kms a day. Is it enough?

Badminton coach, 22yrs.2months over with my ACL surgery, hamstring autograft.I only do standing core exercise, walk approx 4kms a day. Is it enough?

Yes: You are very early out from your repair and should strongly avoid twisting or pivoting for another couple months. Soft tissue grafts can take 6-9 months to incorportate. We used to say 6 months but per dr. Fu the king of hamstring recon he typically advises 9 mo prior to return to competitive play. Closed chain exercises are strongly advised to avoid shear across the graft. ...Read more

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What is the best diet and exercise for "torn acl" and "meniscal tear"?

What is the best diet and exercise for "torn acl" and "meniscal tear"?

BEST DIET- WEIGHT: Loss if obese or overweight, eliminating simple sugars since some evidence suggest it seems to fuel inflammation. Exercise wise, you need to consult with a physical therapist and your orthopoedist. ...Read more

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I tore my ACL (complete tear, patella tendon), MCL (minor tear, bioscrews and stitches), and meniscus (had to trim 1/3). How long before I can run?

I tore my ACL (complete tear, patella tendon), MCL (minor tear, bioscrews and stitches), and meniscus (had to trim 1/3).  How long before I can run?

Varies: It varies somewhat based upon surgical preference, you certainly would want to clear it with your surgeon. all that being said, 12 weeks would be a general time frame in which one could often return to light jogging with those injuries/surgery. ...Read more

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Ankle sprain 9 months back.Pain on weight bearing aftr 10 minutes despite continuous physiotherapy & bracing.Mri says a torn lig with a partial torn lig?

Ankle sprain 9 months back.Pain on weight bearing aftr 10 minutes despite continuous  physiotherapy & bracing.Mri says a torn lig with a partial torn lig?

Consider options: Must consider other options, that would include evaluation for repair, bracing, another opinion by another physician if already seeing a doctor. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for ACL reconstruction using hamstring, plus MCL repair plus lateral meniscus repair plus impact fracture of tibial plateau?

What is the recovery time for ACL reconstruction using hamstring, plus MCL repair plus lateral meniscus repair plus impact fracture of tibial plateau?

Difficult to say: You describe a fairly significant knee operation and set of injuries. It's hard to say without examining you and reviewing your studies. Your orthopedic surgeon is in the best position to answer this question. It's safe to say that your recovery will last for several months with a lot of physical therapy. ...Read more

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When can I engage in cardio / exercise after knee arthroscopy & joint repair?

When can I engage in cardio / exercise after knee arthroscopy & joint repair?

Best to ask surgeon: Your ability to progress to cardio exercise (stationary bike, elliptical, etc.) after knee arthroscopy depends upon what exactly was done in your knee. A simple meniscal tear debridement (pain "removal") requires minimal internal healing and may allow very rapid return to desired activites (10-14 days). If internal healing is required (acl reocnstruction or other "repair") expect 3-6 week delay. ...Read more

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What exercises strengthen the acl, MCL and PCL in knee?

What exercises strengthen the acl, MCL and PCL in knee?

Check out this paper: This is a great paper - but it might be hard for you to download it "A training program to improve neuromuscular and performance indices in female high school soccer players." Noyes FR1, Barber-Westin SD, Tutalo Smith ST, Campbell T. J Strength Cond Res. 2013 Feb;27(2):340-51 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22465985 ...Read more

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What are good rehab exercises for a torn knee ligament?

What are good rehab exercises for a torn knee ligament?

Careful: Depends on the ligament. It is very important to get your motion back first after a ligament injury. Range of motion exercises (wall slides, etc.) and biking without resistance can accomplish this. Then if you are treating the ligament nonop, strengthening exercises are begun. For example- PCL injury, the quad is very important.Ask your doctor for specific goals for your specific ligament injury. ...Read more

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What are good cardio workouts after a knee dislocation?

What are good cardio workouts after a knee dislocation?

Knee or kneecap ?: Either way you should receive professional and individual monitoring. Good cardio would include low impact with limited flexing and extending as dictated by the severity of your injury and the amount of healing you have experienced. Cycling, swimming, elliptical and treadmill would all work as long as you do not exceed the degree of healing you have experienced. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Pearle
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Acl Tear (Definition)

A ligament connects bone to bone. so if you have a torn ACL, there result is instability between the two bones that ...Read more