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Good Therapy Exercises Meniscus
Many: Physical therapy and rehab exercises for tears of the meniscus will vary based on the severity of the injury, so check with your physical therapist or doctor for specifics. In general, any exercise that strengthens the quadriceps, hamstrings, calves and hips will be beneficial, as will ones that improve balance (proprioceptive exercises), flexibility, and range of motion. ...Read more
Straight leg easier: When walking, place your foot in front of your body, landing on the outer heel of your foot. Your foot should land on either side of an imaginary line, and your toe should be pointed at 45 degree angle from the ground. Land with your leg straight, and keep it straight until after the leg has passed behind you. When your leg is behind your body, push off with your big toe forcing your body forward. ...Read more
Had small meniscus tear in spring. Completed specialist rec. RICE and phy therapy, but now same knee is stiff/sore after exercise. Please advise.
Doctor, For Mucoid Degeneration in Posterior Horn of Medial and Lateral Meniscus, any other treatment except Surgery such as medication, exercises?
Avoid future....: Avoid future stress, such as deep squats, no twisting in a squat position such as a fast pitch softball league or baseball. B careful in twisting sport as tennis, . Many times a nonfunctional brace like a neoprene sleeve will help. It does so by sending 2 Ur brain subconscious proprioception signals & in turn U subconsciously protect U knee by being more careful with no thinking. ...Read more
I went to the doctor and he said I sprained my knee and I went to therapy for it but it is hurting me close to my meniscus what should I do?
Depends: Depends on the type of specialist you saw. Obviously you don't want to suffer through your therapy. 'Close to my meniscus' means nothing. Did you have an acute injury? Did the knee swell? Is there an effusion? Can you walk on the limb? Recommend following up with your MD or an orthopedic surgeon if that's not who you first saw. ...Read more
A stroke on 6/4/12 had in-patient therapy came home and fell torn meniscus on effected right side. Should surg be done?
I had meniscus surgery 3 years ago and now have severe pain again. I am 63 can I have a second surgery or can I remedy with less traumatic therapy?
Try to postpone : A second surgery unless u have tried other approaches like physical therapy, acupuncture, magnetic therapy (nikken. Com), or get a second opinion. If u have weight issues, losing weight may be beneficial. Best wishes! http://orthoinfo. Aaos. Org/topic. Cfm? Topic=a00358 http://www.Home-remedies-for-you. Com/askquestion/4020/home-remedies-for-meniscus-tear-i-got-a-knee-injur. Html. ...Read more
Limped due to a torn meniscus since age 12 have brace that helps with pain but still can't walk without limp I did physical therapy but it didn't help?
No: However, a small tear that doesn't impede knee rom can be stabilized with appropriate knee strengthening. ...Read more
One to three months: If you are returning to normal activity, one to three months should be adequate. If you are returning to sporting activities like skiing, basketball, etc. Then more therapy would be needed to fully benefit from the strengthening exercises. ...Read more
I tore my mcl, ACL and meniscus in jan and now im starting therapy to bend my knee will i be able to fully bend it again before surgery?
Had 30% of left medial meniscus removed in July. 8 weeks therapy. Cortisone shot. Whole knee hurts and limp.58 years old. Will I always limp?
Most likely unless: The cartilage in the knee is a protective covering over the bone. As we age some of that wears off and now you may have bone on bone friction causing inflammation (arthritis). Depending on severity, it can require a knee replacement. Without surgery, it is a progressive deterioration of the joint, and it is most likely that you will limp. ...Read more
YES: You may want to consider stem cell therapy for your meniscal tear. So far the only practice that has significant research and patient base regarding stem cell therapy are the Regenexx Physicians Network. They have over 10,000 patients in their registry with pretty good results. Check out Regenexx. Com. ...Read more
I've got a menisectomy for my lateral meniscus on 4th may. Now till date the doctor says therapy.wn I touch my knee laterally I feel pain what I must do?
It's Possible: Check out Regenexx. Com. The have the single largest registry in the country of patients with degenerative joint disease that have used their stem cell procedures with good outcomes. Obviously not everyone gets better, but a majority have found the ability to forego knee surgery. ...Read more
I had knee surgery to remove 20% of my meniscus 2 months ago. While doing therapy at days my knee has some bruising and is inflated. What should I do?
Be patient: It is normal to have some swellings even 2 months after surgery such as a menisectomy. Make sure you follow the rice protocol — rest, ice, compression and elevation. The bruising could be just overdoing it at therapy. If the swelling persists or worsens, make a follow up appointment with your surgeon. ...Read more
Tore lateral meniscus slightly almost a year back and had surgery to fix it, went back to dance within a couple weeks because the dr said no therapy was needed. Now my knee hurts if I am on my feet for too long or walking more than a short distance?
Need dr. visit.: Something is obviously wrong.... Might of reinjured it... Needs to be re-evaluated. ...Read more
I had a meniscus repair one yr ago wear a knee brace for instability had physical therapy 3 times constant pain what about knee replacement?
Unlikely: Knee replacement is done to treat arthritis of the knee. If you are 33 years old, it is unlikely that you have severe arthritis in your knee unless you had a major trauma in the past or have had multiple surgeries. Knee arthritis is easily diagnosed with a plain x-ray. This is where you should begin to see if you have evidence of arthritis. ...Read more
My MRI shows that I have an oblique tear in the posterior horn of the lateral meniscus on my left knee. Can physical therapy heal this? Or surgery? Tnx
May be not: All depend on of the pain and range of movement of the knee. ...Read more
Lots of options: Sometimes it can be as easy as leaving it alone and doing some exercises to help the knee joint unload. Other times it might involve surgery. I would see an orthopedic surgeon to assess your status. There have been some recent advances in the stem cell therapy that might be helpful in healing the tear rather than cutting it out in surgery. Look into regenexx. ...Read more
Arthroscopy: For a young person arthroscopic meniscal repair is the best solution. If the meniscus is not repairable or is in a portion of the meniscus that has a poor blood supply("white/ white" zone), then arthroscopic partial menisectomy is best.meniscal tears generally do not heal and cause pain, ' catching' etc. even in young pts. See your ORS who is proficient @ arthroscopy. Good Luck! ...Read more
Cartilage in joint: The TMJ has a fibrocartilagenous disc between the ball and socket. This can become misaligned, usually because the ball of the joint moves too far up and back in the socket whent he teeth are brought together. You will need to find the best functional joint position (usually with a splint) and then treat to this position. ...Read more
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