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What are some good physical therapy exercises to do for a torn meniscus?

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

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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What are good physical therapy exercises for a torn meniscus?

What are good physical therapy exercises for a torn meniscus?

After we care of: Torn portion, then we exercise, physical therapy after a meniscal tear focuses on strengthening the muscles of your upper leg, calf and hip, which all work to support the knee. See the picture please. ...Read more

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What are some physical therapy exercises for a torn meniscus?

What are some physical therapy exercises for a torn meniscus?

Repair: Torn meniscus cartilages should be saved if at all possible. While exercising with a bike and a pool are usually safe, repair is preferred. ...Read more

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Can you please recommend some effective physical therapy exercises for a torn meniscus?

Can you please recommend some effective physical therapy exercises for a torn meniscus?

Quad strength: The best thing to do is to keep your quadraceps muscle strong with straight leg raises and or wall sits. Also, avoid lunges, knee extensions, squats, and running activities. ...Read more

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A stroke on 6/4/12 had in-patient therapy came home and fell torn meniscus on effected right side. Should surg be done?

A stroke on 6/4/12 had in-patient therapy came home and fell torn meniscus on effected right side. Should surg be done?

Wait: Consider physical therapy for three months. Given recent stroke surgery would be contraindicated. A certain percentage of meniscal injuries can heal with conservative therapy. ...Read more

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What are good physical therapy exercises post arthroscopic surgery due to a meniscus tear?

What are good physical therapy exercises post arthroscopic surgery due to a meniscus tear?

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

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What's the treatment for a torn meniscus?

What's the treatment for a torn meniscus?

Is it painful?: If it is, you need to see an orthopedic surgeon who can perform an arthroscopic meniscectomy. However, there are a few people who can live with the tear due to minimal discomfort. ...Read more

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Torn meniscus with knee ulcer. What is best treatment?

Torn meniscus with knee ulcer. What is best treatment?

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

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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?

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

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My mom was diagnosed with sciatica, and a torn meniscus, what can she do for it, what sort of treatment?

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

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Treatment for torn meniscus and partial torn lateral collateral ligament in left knee diagnosed by MRI scan?

Treatment for torn meniscus and partial torn lateral collateral ligament in left knee diagnosed by MRI scan?

Depends: The treatment depends on your exam and symptoms but most meniscal tears are well treated by arthroscopic partial menisectomy while the partial lcl tear probably requires bracing and rehab. Again this is predicated by your exam and not the mri. ...Read more

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Without physical therapy, will a torn lateral meniscus still be able to heal?

Without physical therapy, will a torn lateral meniscus still be able to heal?

Maybe: Pt does not heal the meniscal tear, the healing of the meniscus depend upon the
location of the tear, peripheral tears (toward the outside)could potentially heal, teras more toward the middle of the meniscus do not heal. Either one usually require surgery. (arthoscopy). ...Read more

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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.?

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.?

None: No exercises will heal a torn mwniscus. They have no blood suply and no tendendency to heal.

Arthroscopic surgery is the solution. See anortho guy and talk to him/her about it. ...Read more

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Can bucket handle tear of medial meniscus be cured without surgery by doing physical therapy?

No: However a small tear that doesn't impede knee rom can be stabilized with appropriate knee strengthening. ...Read more

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I have a meniscus tear in my knee and I started physical therapy, any workouts to suggest?

I have a meniscus tear in my knee and I started physical therapy, any workouts to suggest?

Rehabilitation: Saving the meniscus is always our first priority. If exercising with a torn meniscus then the bike and the pool are usually the safest. ...Read more

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How long will I have physical therapy after an acl/meniscus surgery?

How long will I have physical therapy after an acl/meniscus surgery?

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

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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?

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

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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

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Had surgery for a torn meniscus - what post-op exercises should I do?

Had surgery for a torn meniscus - what post-op exercises should I do?

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

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What are the treatments for a torn meniscus?

What are the treatments for a torn meniscus?

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

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Is riding a bike good for a torn meniscus?

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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What's a good, non-medication based way to relieve knee pain from a torn meniscus?

What's a good, non-medication based way to relieve knee pain from a torn meniscus?

None that I know of-: -if U have significant symptoms like giving way, locking, trouble squatting, & Ur physical exam. Is positive, the only way to Rx it surgery, arthroscopic. An MRI is not any better than the exam. ...Read more

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What exercise can I do while waiting to get torn meniscus surgery?

What exercise can I do while waiting to get torn meniscus surgery?

Gentle: Walking, stationary bike with the seat up high, slow swimming with a flutter kick.

Avoid squats, twisting, lunges. ...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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Is it not good playing with a slight torn meniscus?

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

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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

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. Jay Rosenfeld
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Physical Therapy (Definition)

Physical therapy can provide back exercises to relieve tension on discs and nerves in the back in order ...Read more