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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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
What kind of exercises can I do while recuperating from a torn ACL that can help stabilize my knee?
Closed chain : Closed chain exercises are the best for your knee after an ACL reconstruction. Are you seeing a therapist? You should be, and they can show you closed chain exercises. Closed chain exercises include lunges and squats. The feet are on the ground and not moving, the exercises involve multiple joints, and the forces are compressive across the joint, which is better for a healing ACL reconstruction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Help: Motion of effected joint and nonimpact activity appear to be valuable for cartilage nutrition and recovery from restoration procedures. By nonimpact I am referring to activities like swimming, cycling, walking which are safe in intermediate stages( 3 mos to 6-8 mos) after such procedures. Higher impact activites probably shouldn't even be considered until 10-12 mos post operatively. ...Read more
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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What kind of treatment would you recommend for an Acetabular Labral Tear in Hip if Physical Therapy fails? Will I ever get back to doing martial arts?
Surgery: You will likely need a surgical repair of the tear. ...Read more
Yes: Not every meniscus tear requires surgery. Some meniscus tears if they are in the "red zone"area where they get blood supply may heal. Others that are in the "white zone" that do not have a good blood supply may not heal. Physical therapy can strengthen the muscles supporting the knee and will often help. Your doctor can help you decide on conservative versus surgical treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Squats,lunges etc.: If u have a torn meniscus than you should have your knee 'scoped' before you do further damage to your knee;things to avoid in the meantime include any activities which involve turning, twisting, pivoting or squatting on the affected side...I.E.Squats , lunges etc.(leg press, hamstring curls, ex.Bike, hip exercises should be O.K.)see your ors for further guidance.Best of luck! ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Careful: Depends on the ligament. It is very important to get your motion back first after a ligament injury. Range of motion exercises (wall slides, etc.) and biking without resistance can accomplish this. Then if you are treating the ligament nonop, strengthening exercises are begun. For example- PCL injury, the quad is very important.Ask your doctor for specific goals for your specific ligament injury. ...Read more
Does a superior medial meniscus displacement need arthroscopic surgery to fix the problem? Please help and explain.
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
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