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What Are Some Good Physical Therapy Exercises To Do For A Torn 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
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
Limped due to a torn meniscus since age 12 have brace that helps with pain but still cant walk without limp I did physical therapy but it didn't help?
A stroke on 6/4/12 had in-patient therapy came home and fell torn meniscus on effected right side. Should surg be done?
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
Need arthroscopy: Usually arthroscopy can fully determine and often treat a torn meniscus. Mri might be interpreted incorrectly and often a surgeon will either find the MRI not representing what they see during video arthroscopy. The ulcer however should be better explained as it can be due to a number of causes and treatment will vary depending on the cause. Find an orthopedic specialist who treats athletes. ...Read more
I have a torn meniscus, an orreous structure, and a possible paramenial sist. What is the common treatment for such an injury? And how long is the recovery?
You did not mention: Where your torn meniscus is, shoulder or knee? Parameniscal cysts suggest the knee. I would trust that your orthopedic physician has recommendations for treatment, as injuries such as meniscal tears do not ever go away. They weaken your knee in a chronic way and do not typically heal on their own (like most cartilaginous injuries). Please see your orthopedic physician right away. ...Read more
My mom was diagnosed with sciatica, and a torn meniscus, what can she do for it, what sort of treatment?
Physical therapy: Physical therapy is the most important treatment for these problems. It has been shown to slow or stop progression of the problem. Other treatments include arthritis medications, wedge insoles, taping of the knee, injections, and surgery. Regardless of what other treatments are used physical therapy should be part of the treatment. ...Read more
Treatment for torn meniscus and partial torn lateral collateral ligament in left knee diagnosed by MRI scan?
I have torn meniscus in both of my knees. What are good exercises to strengthen them fast. One knee is fixed the other is not. Both sore and painful.?
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 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 of the pain and range of movement of the knee. ...Read more
What is best excerse for torn meniscus that can't be repaired because of arthritis is hydro therapy good what kind of excerise can I do to help pain?
Lower impact: Low impact exercises that emphasize repetition and endurance would be best. Good examples include walking, exercise bicycles, ellipticals, stair master. Use pain as your guide. Regularly stretching is also good for flexibility and range of motion. ...Read more
Quad exercises: Any trauma to the knee (including surgery or arthroscopy) can cause quad inhibition, where the quad muscles stop functioning normally. It is most important to retrain them to work properly. Walking without a limp, exercise bicycle, stairclimbing, lunges, and squats are all excellent ways. Isometrics (holding the knee straight for long periods) is another excellent exercise. ...Read more
Usually surgery: If a meniscus is known to be torn and causing pain and problems it is probably best to have your knee scoped and the cartilage either repaired or trimmed off. There are reports of injections such as prp being used for meniscus tears but there is not any good evidence that it will help. ...Read more
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
Consider repair: Meniscal tears have many subsets. Rare tears may heal spontaneously. However, the majority will not heal and thus are not candidates for repair. For those tears, which do have potential for healing, they should be considered for repair. If a repairable tear is exposed to high loads (sports, work, etc.) it may tear further and become non-repairable. The meniscus is very important: try to save it. ...Read more
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
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