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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. 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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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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What kind of exercises can I do while recuperating from a torn ACL that can help stabilize my knee?

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 more

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Did exercise help or hinder your recovery from articular cartilage repair?

Did exercise help or hinder your recovery from articular cartilage repair?

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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Can a torn or injured rotator cuff heal on its own? Will rom exercises help or cause more harm?

Can a torn or injured rotator cuff heal on its own? Will rom exercises help or cause more harm?

See below: Range of motion exercises. Will not cause harm and is a good thing you certainly want to avoid a frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis small tears can be treated conservatively without surgery. ...Read more

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What can worsen a torn acl?

What can worsen a torn acl?

Certain activities: An acl tear that has been treated nonoperatively can lead to instability with certain movements such as cutting or lateral movement. Performing these activities can lead to cartilage injuries or arthritis. ...Read more

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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

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Can physical therapy help a meniscal tear instead of surgery?

Can physical therapy help a meniscal tear instead of surgery?

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 more

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I have a torn meniscus, what are the exercises to avoid?

I have a torn meniscus, what are the exercises to avoid?

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

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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 are some exercises / stretches to help the pain of a torn rotator cuff?

What are some exercises / stretches to help the pain of a torn rotator cuff?

See a therapist for : Rotator cuff strengthening exercises and periscapular strengthening exercises. This just means the other muscles around the shoulder. Hi repetition, low weight exercises to build endurance are best. ...Read more

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How can you get a medial ligament sprain, what sport or movement does this?

How can you get a medial ligament sprain, what sport or movement does this?

Sprain: I assume you mean the medial ligaments of the ankle. These ligaments can get sprained in almost any sport when a forceful stress twists the ankle. ...Read more

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Could a knee brace help relieve the pain from a torn meniscus?

Could a knee brace help relieve the pain from a torn meniscus?

Have it evaluated.: Different knee conditions may need different types of treatment. Have your knee evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment for your condition. ...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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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 can I do for torn cartilage and a torn ACL without having surgery?

What can I do for torn cartilage and a torn ACL without having surgery?

Orthopedist: Speak to your orthopedist. Knowing the extent of injury he or she can tell you if physical therapy alone will help with appropriate bracing. ...Read more

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What are good rehab exercises for a torn knee ligament?

What are good rehab exercises for a torn knee ligament?

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

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Does a superior medial meniscus displacement need arthroscopic surgery to fix the problem? Please help and explain.

Does a superior medial meniscus displacement need arthroscopic surgery to fix the problem? Please help and explain.

Orto: Meniscus is cartilage in your knee. Helps cushion your knees . May need surgery depending what your symptoms are such as your knee locking swelling or pain. Also depends on how active you are. ...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