What workouts can I do with a meniscus tear in my knee?

Workout as tolerated. Not all meniscal tears are the same. Unstable tears will cause pain when provoked by activities such as running, cutting, and pivoting (changing direction rapidly). Unless surgery is indicated, you should be able to slowly advance as tolerated with your normal workouts. Avoidance of high impact aerobic activities, running, jumping and deep knee bending is often recommended initially.
Advance as tolerated. Not all meniscus tears are the same. Unless surgery is indicated to treat a symptomatic meniscus tear, you should be able to advance your workouts as tolerated using pain and swelling as your guide. Seek medical attention if your knee catches, buckles, or locks and will not move. Such circumstances may warrant a change in your treatment to operative management via arthroscopic surgery.

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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...
Mensicus. Your meniscus is unlikely to heal because of its poor blood supply. Most tears can become somewhat asymptomatic in inactive individuals but few likely heal. Having said that, the type of physical therapy you do has not been shown to have any effect on your functional outcome. Read more...

Been diagnosed with a meniscus tear in my knee, been told no high impact sport for 4 weeks as I am a gymnast, it sometimes hurts, should I use crutches?

No. If the meniscal tear was one that the physician felt could be treated conservatively, that is without surgery, then crutches are typically not necessary. It is important to avoid high impact activities such as gymnastics and running as well as deep squats and lunges which place significant pressure on the meniscus. Pivoting/ twisting activities such as golf should be done with caution. Read more...
You do not need . Crutches however if you are a gymnast with a meniscus tear of any sort typically the only treatment with persistent pain would be arthroscopy and menisectomy or possibly repair. Most meniscus tears of significance need surgery. Certainly an MRI can help delineate the size and type of tear and whether it needs surgery. I would see and otthopaedist. Read more...

Will my knee always lock up due to a meniscus tear a month ago?

Possibly. A torn meniscus can act like a "hangnail" and cause irritation and locking symptoms within the knee. You most likely will require arthroscopic surgery to take care of the problem. Read more...

Could you tell me why my knee feels stuck after meniscus tear? Help?

Caught in the joint. The tear may be flipping in and out of the knee joint, causing locking or catching. Usually, with those types of symptoms, you would require arthroscopic knee surgery, to remove the torn piece of meniscus. Read more...

Meniscus tear in knee--is it painful?

Acutely, yes. Traumatic meniscus tears typically occur from a twisting injury to the knee and cause pain along the joint line. Mechanical symptoms such as catching, locking, popping may be present. A bucket-handle pattern tear can sometimes lock the knee. Degenerative tears often are not painful; MRI studies have shown they are common in asymptomatic people over 50. See a sports med specialist for your knee. Read more...
Yes at times. Menicus tears can be painful but some can settle down and be tolerable for years if smaller. People complain of difficulty squatting, twisting, getting up from chairs or toilets, going up and especially down stairs, sometimes sleeping and turning in bed hurts or touching your knees together in bed hurts. Injections of cortisone can give temporary relief, arthroscopy and menisectomy is the fix. Read more...