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Safe Exercise Meniscus Tear
Have meniscus tear w/loose foreign object. Unable to do surgery at the moment. Will eliptical machine exercise create more damage? Or yoga?
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
I have meniscus tear in my left knee, I am 5.4" and weigh 70 kg, I want to lose some weight what are my knee pain free exercise options?
Had small meniscus tear in spring. Completed specialist rec. RICE and phy therapy, but now same knee is stiff/sore after exercise. Please advise.
Mri shows I have torn ACL & meniscus tear. Tear was repaired in oct'13. My knee keeps giving out & I keep falling. I am 68.Is ACL surgery safe for me?
Yes, it can, BUT it-:
Is rather unlikely, as they generally don't, unless the tear is a minor one. I don't think they heal but they certainly become symptom-free.
Surgery can help certain types of the tears by repairing them which are dependent on the specific site they occur in. Most are however not amenable to repair. ...Read more
You can't: A medical professional should be able to give you a working diagnosis regarding likely or not likely a 3rd degree sprain, or full tear. Without MRI or arthroscopy, we can only be mostly correct regarding damaged meniscus or not. Being able to walk on that leg does not rule out torn meniscus, nor does the absence of swelling. The pain will eventually subside even with treatment. ...Read more
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
Most tears do not heal.
Only the outer third of the meniscus has a blood supply to heal itself but this is not the common way they tear.
But, it is common for some small tears to calm down after a week or two and they can be asymptomatic for weeks or months, sometimes years with little tears. ...Read more
U would only know U-: -have a torn meniscus if U have already seen an orthopedic surgeon, an you would have got if you were having symptoms. So if you have locking, giving way, pain planting your bad leg & pivoting, you are doing damage 2 the joint surface which can lead 2 life long problems. Whether you have surgery is up 2 you. After recommendations it is up 2 U 2 decide, not anyone else. ...Read more
Depends: A meniscus tear will not heal itself, though this does not mean it will always be symptom producing. Discuss your options with your physician. ...Read more
Probably: In general, meniscus tears do not heal. As stress across the injured area persists, a small tear can propagate in to a bigger one, much like a crack in the windshield of a car. This may vary with the location and type of tear and the type of activity the knee is enduring. If symptoms persist, treatment is recommended. ...Read more
No.: Usually a displaced meniscus refers to a tear in the body of the meniscus that has moved out of its normal position. A root tear is a detachment of the posterior root of the meniscus ...Read more
Sometimes: That depends upon the location and the type of tear. Small tears that are close to the outside edge of the meniscus may heal by their own. Tears closer to the inner free edge of the meniscus probably will not. ...Read more
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