Safe exercise for a torn meniscus - Doctor answers

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How to exercise with a torn meniscus?

How to exercise 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 more

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Torn Meniscus (Definition)

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


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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

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I'm getting an arthroscopy to repair possible torn meniscus, how long will I need to wait until I can exercise?

I'm getting an arthroscopy to repair possible torn meniscus, how long will I need to wait until I can exercise?

Depends: If your meniscus is amenable to repair, you will usually be non-weight bearing for 4-6 wks. Early therapy will focus on range of motion. Follow your surgeon's instructions. ...Read more

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I have torn meniscus. Once liquid was drained. Again is swallowing and have pain. Up to how many times is safe to drain liquid?

I have torn meniscus. Once liquid was drained. Again is swallowing and have pain. Up to how many times is safe to drain liquid?

Water on the knee: The liquid on your knee, synovial fluid, is produced by the knee in response to irritation, in your case the torn meniscus. Draining the fluid is only temporary as it will recur as long as you have the meniscus tear. There is no "safe" number, every time you drain the knee there is a small risk for infection. Treating the meniscus tear is the way to treat the problem. ...Read more

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Is it safe to play football while wearing a knee brace for a torn meniscus?

Is it safe to play football while wearing a knee brace for a torn meniscus?

Knee brace: A knee brace can limit some excursion of the knee but it won't prevent catastrophic injuries or tears. ...Read more

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What can cause a torn meniscus?

Twisting.: Very often a meniscus tear is caused by a twisting/torquing injury to your knee. ...Read more

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How should I treat a torn meniscus?

How should I treat a torn meniscus?

Depends on symptoms: Not all meniscal tears are managed the same way. Tear specifics (such as chronicity, tear morphology and location), patient specifics (age, activity level, symptoms of pain/catching) play a major role in determining whether operative (arthroscopic repair vs. Debridement) or nonoperative management is best. You should discuss your specific tear with your orthopaedic surgeon to asses your options. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a torn meniscus?

What are symptoms of a torn meniscus?

Meniscal tears: There are several types of meniscal tears (see pic). Some meniscal tears occur with acute injury and some as degenerative changes (over time). Common symptoms include pain, swelling, clicking/ popping, locking/ catching, giving way, and/ or limited range of motion. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are the signs of a torn meniscus?

What are the signs of a torn meniscus?

Joint line pain or: The hinge where your femur meets your tibia will be tender and can click or catch typically on the inside. Clicking and catching are two positive tests for a meniscus tear. The patfem joint is the joint around your kneecap. If you have swelling in your knee, joint line pain and a history of an injury the likelihood of a meniscus tear is more significant. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a torn meniscus?

How do I know if I have a torn meniscus?

MRI: Because the symptoms of a torn meniscus are similar to many problems inside the knee (pain, catching, feelings of instability) the only way to really know is an mri. An experienced physician can usually be faily confident after a history and exam, but the pictures of the MRI are the best evidence other than really looking inside the knee. ...Read more

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How does ice help with a torn Meniscus?

How does ice help with a torn Meniscus?

It does not! If you-: -just injured it you may use ice to help with the swelling & pain, but it only is for symptomatic relief. They do not heal only get torn more every time it catches or gives way. For definitive care see a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a torn meniscus?

Pain/ swelling: A torn meniscus in someone your age is typically related to an injury. A twisting injury or deep bending of the knee while bearing heavy weight (squats/lunges) are usual mechanisms. Pain along the joint line associated with joint swelling is expected. Swelling may be mild/ moderate. Loss of full extension or pain with full flexion or extension and catching/ locking sensation highly suggestive. ...Read more

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Can you have a relapse of a torn meniscus?

Can you have a relapse of a torn meniscus?

Torn meniscus: If you have had a meniscal tear that was repaired or partially removed, it is possible to have another torsional injury to retear the meniscus or cause a different year. ...Read more

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Is riding a bike good for a torn meniscus?

Yes: While it won't heal the meniscus, it will help improve your range of motion without causing more damage. If pain persists, you should seek the advice of a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have a torn meniscus?

How to determine if I have a torn meniscus?

You'll have symptoms: Like pain, swelling, tenderness, catching sensation in the knee whenever it is moved, even sensation of knee giving way under, as you take a step.
All these or most of these symptoms would be seen with a meniscal tear.
See your orthopod to get it DX & treated. ...Read more

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What is a torn meniscus? How is it treated?

What is a torn meniscus? How is it treated?

Depends on symptoms: Menisci are the half-moon shaped cartilage cushions in the knee between the thigh and leg bones. Tears that cause symptoms - pain swelling, catching and locking of the knee, generally need to be operated upon, as they can become worse with time. Asymptomatic tears do not need to be operated upon. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time on a torn meniscus?

What is the recovery time on a torn meniscus?

1-6 weeks: For meniscus surgeries in an otherwise healthy patient in excellent condition, the arthroscopy does not need too much time to recover from. I have had patients walk out from surgery and never turn back. However, patients are often deconditioned because of the injury. This causes muscle (especially quads) weakness and inhibition that takes longer to recover from. ...Read more

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What exercises help or hinder a torn meniscus?

What exercises help or hinder a torn meniscus?

Be Mindful: Depends on your age, degree of symptoms or pain, and degree of arthritis. Many meniscus tears may be minimal in terms of pain, and so a quadriceps and hamstring strengthening program which avoids impact may be beneficial. However, if the tear is associated with significant pain, swelling or instability, arthroscopic meniscectomy should be considered, especially in the absence of arthritic change. ...Read more

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Dr. Jack Farr
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Knee Meniscus Tear (Definition)

A common knee injury in which the meniscus, a rubbery, C-shaped disc that cushions your knee, gets torn or stretched. Each knee has two menisci (plural of meniscus)-one at the outer edge of the knee and one at the inner edge. The menisci keep your knee steady by balancing your ...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