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How To Hike With A Torn Meniscus
Listen to your body: You'll want to avoid motions that cause pain. Consider quadricep strengthening exercise but be careful about your range of motion. Avoid a >90 degree(right angle) bend in your knees, like if you are doing squats and/or lunges. Also avoid any heavy loaded squats or lunges. Be careful about rotational movements around your injured knee, like where you would plant and turn. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
How long will it take for me to be able to return to my job as a housekeeper after knee surgery for a bucket handle tear of my medial meniscus?
Depends: If your surgeon can repair (stitch together) the tear, then you will need crutches and may also require a brace with restricted motion for up to 6 weeks, followed by rehab to regain strength and motion. If the tear is not repairable and your surgeon simply trims it out, then you can return much quicker. Probably within 2-4 weeks based on your comfort. Your young age helps speed your recovery. ...Read more
After a knee reconstruction on my ACL & meniscus. How long will it take for me to be able to play sports?
8-9 months: Return to cutting sports after acl reconstruction is currently a controversial topic. It takes 7-8 months after reconstruction for a autograft (your own tendon) to reincorporate, and it takes 8-9 months after an allograft (donor tendon) to reincorporate. Retear rates after early return to sports is higher, so a conservative 8-9 months is recommended. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ask your doctor: There is no "right answer" as different orthopaedic surgeons have varying protocols that can all be acceptable. Usually immobilization with surgical or non surgical treatment in a cast or boot lasts close to 3 months to allow for adequate protection of the tendon healing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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Ligament dependent: Many ligaments are part of your knee. Ligaments that have a reasonable chane to heal with appropriate non operative management, include: PCL (mandates bracing); mcl, some mpfl (medial patlellofemoral ligament). The ACL and lcl usually required an augmented repair or an anatomical reconstruction? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Varies: This can vary widely because the treatment can vary widely for different conditions and amongst different physicians. There are protective braces that can assist with comfort and rehabilitation for these injuries but their use varies depending on the specific injury. Ask your doctor for more specifics regarding this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Symptoms: Common knee symptoms with meniscal tear: pain, swelling, popping, catching, locking, and sensation of giving way. ...Read more
Carefully: Check it out with an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more
No: I would strongly suggest that the tear be repaired and your post-op healing and rehab be complete before returning to the gridiron. ...Read more
Help negate reinjury: A pinched or torn meniscus can cause pain. The torn meniscus can get caught with motion across the joint as the loaded knee flexes and extends. This could cause further damage to the meniscus. The goal of the brace is to limit the risk of further injury or damage to the already injured meniscus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Incomplete tear?: If the tear is complete, forget it. If the tear is minor, sufficient rehab can be done and strength assured so that an athlete may feel confident to return to full participation. However, the risk of then suffering a complete tear would certainly be worth considering. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long does it take to recover from a anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury and to be able to play sports?
Depends: There are many variables that will effect the time necessary to recover enough to return to sports including the graft used, fixation techniques and the biases of the surgeon. Because some studies suggest return to sports prior to 9 months post surgery may increase the risk of reinjury, i prefer to have my patients wait 9 months. That is not to say some athletes have been able to return quicker. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Does it bother you? : How much pain can you take? Did you ask the doc if it would get worse? These are things to consider. ...Read more
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