Table of Contents
- Torn meniscus facts
- Introduction to the knee
- What is a torn meniscus?
- What causes a meniscus to tear?
- What are symptoms and signs of a torn meniscus?
- How do health-care professionals diagnose a meniscus tear?
- What types of doctors treat a torn meniscus?
- What is the treatment for a torn meniscus?
- Can a meniscus tear heal without surgery?
- What is rehabilitation and recovery like for a patient with a meniscus tear?
- What are recommended exercises once a torn meniscus has been repaired?
- What is the prognosis of a torn meniscus? Is it possible to prevent a torn meniscus?
Meniscus Tear Recovery After Arthroscopy
When Will My Knee Feel Better?
For several days after arthroscopy, patients will generally be asked to rest and elevate the joint while applying ice packs to minimize pain and swelling. After surgery, an exercise program is gradually started that strengthens the muscles surrounding the joint and prevents scarring (contracture) of surrounding soft tissues. The goal is to recover stability, range of motion, and strength of the joint rapidly and safely, while preventing the build-up of scar tissue. This program is an essential part of the recovery process for an optimal outcome of this procedure.
Torn meniscus facts
- The medial and lateral menisci are two large C-shaped cartilages that are positioned on the top of the tibia bone of the knee.
- The knee is the largest joint in the body.
- Cartilage within the knee joint helps protect the joint from the stresses placed on it from walking, running, climbing, and bending.
- A torn meniscus occurs because of trauma caused by forceful twisting or hyper-flexing of the knee joint.
- Symptoms of a torn meniscus include knee pain, swelling, popping, and giving way.
- Treatment of a torn meniscus may include observation and physical therapy with muscle strengthening to stabilize the knee joint. When conservative measures are ineffective treatment may include surgery to repair or remove the damaged cartilage.
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