Meniscus Tear Recovery Time
When Will My Knee Feel Better?
Recovery time for your knee depends on how severe your meniscus tear is. Full recovery from surgery may take about a month. But keep in mind that people also heal at different rates.
If your doctor agrees, you could take up a new activity that won't aggravate your knee pain while you recover. For instance, runners could try swimming.
Whatever you do, don't rush things. Don't try to return to your old level of physical activity until:
- You feel no pain when you bend or straighten your knee.
- You feel no pain in your knee when you walk, jog, sprint or jump.
- Your knee is no longer swollen.
- Your knee feels as strong as your uninjured knee.
If you start using your knee before it's healed, you could cause permanent damage.