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How Long Can A Torn Meniscus Take To Heal Without Surgery
In the knee joint there are two types of cartilage, articular cartilage and meniscal cartilage. The meniscus is a triangular shaped piece of fibro-cartilage that sits between the femur and tibia. The meniscus can tear as a result of injury or secondary degenerative changes that occur over time. Because the meniscus cartilage dies not have it's own blood supply, tears often ...Read more
Simple surgery: Usually in uncomplicated cases with advanced current techniques, about 2-4 weeks. ...Read more
Usually several wks: Simply debriding torn/injured tissue admitedly allows for more rapid rehabiltation and recovery (1-6 wks). The analogy is one's reaction to a deep splinter removal: once the offending agent is removed, the root of acute pain is gone, and only minimal healing from the injury to the surrounding tissue remains. Repair/replaceme of cartilage can entail a prolonged (months) course of recovery, however. ...Read more
Depends: This is a tough one to answer because recovery is defined differently and different body parts recovery differently. Technically, cartilage does not have a blood supply and so does not have the potential to fully heal. Sometimes pain associated with cartilage damage will subside, but it is difficult to predict how long this will take or if it will happen at all. Treatments are available. ...Read more
3-4 months: A graduated rehabilitation process beginning with passive then active assisted motion followed by active motion and strengthening takes several months to allow the torn labrum to adequately heal to the glenoid bone. The goal is to have a stable strong shoulder with minimal risk for recurrence. This entire process usually takes 3-4 months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
About 6 weeks: The answer varies depending upon the actual degree of tendon torn since a partial tear covers everything from a very minimal tear to a significant partial tear that may act more like a full thickness tear. Six weeks is a good number to remember realizing it could be less for a minimal tear. A significnat partial tendon tear may actually require surgical intervention, so check with your docotr. ...Read more
Repair vs debride?: A meniscus repair mandates a slower rehabilittion that allows the necessary biology of healing ot occur else the repair will fail. A meniscal debridement is more likely for most tears an affords a rapid rehabiltation with immediate advancement of motion and weight bearing to full as sson as you can tolerated both. Work (desk) is usally ok after several days to a week. ...Read more
Depends : If your knee is giving out, the partial tear may be more significant. If no giving way, you might be back within 6-8 weeks but must pass some functional tests before returning to sports. ...Read more
Varies: Healing time is dependent upon the procedure performed. ...Read more
It Depends: On how active you are and how much was done during surgery. For a routine knee scope i typically allow my patients back to work in 3-4 days if they have a sedentary job. Otherwise, most people can start getting back to work at 2-3 weeks depending on their job. Strengthening of the quadriceps muscle is key as this shuts down with knee surgery of any kind. Most people are near full by 4 weeks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
6-8 weeks: Bone in a healthy person normally takes 6-8 weeks to heel. Having said that, trimalleolar fractures have the potential of being very debilitating. Along with the broken bones, you probably damaged the soft tissue between the 2 leg bones called the syndesmosis. Soft tissue can take up to 3 months to heel. Given the possible instability of this injury, surgery is sometimes the best option. ...Read more
Depends on location: All soft tissues generally heal in about 3-4 weeks but the scar matuaration takes longer. Only peripheral tears of meniscii have a chance of healing. ...Read more
Recovery variable: As you used the word "torn", i assume you mean meniscal cartilage. There ate two basic treatments: repair and partial meniscectomy. Repairs require time to heal and each type of tear repair has a unique time to heal . Partial excision only requires time for the joint to heal that is dependent on patient age, alignment, weight, muscle development and if any arthritis is present. ...Read more
It varies: This depends on the extent of the tear and the type of treatment chosen. If not treated surgically, most meniscus tears never truly heal, although with time and perhaps medications, therapy and/or injections sometimes symptoms can subside in 6-12 weeks. If arthroscopic partial excision is undergone, "healing" can take 3-6 weeks. If arthroscopic repair is undergone, healing can take 3-6 months. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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