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knee-meniscus-tearKnee Meniscus Tear

A meniscus tear is the rupture of one or more of the fibrocartilage strips in the knee. The meniscus can be torn during non-stressful activities such as walking, though it also occurs during sports or other types of physical exertion.

In addition, when a tear occurs, there is usually pain and swelling or clicking of the knee. It can cause difficulty to climb stairs or when trying to get in/out of the car or chair.

Therefore, treatment of a meniscus tear involves strengthening the hamstrings, quadriceps and calf muscles, as well as education on the proper technique for movements during recreational activities taking place.

Post-Surgical Physiotherapy for Meniscal Injuries

Resected Meniscal Tears

Physiotherapy rehabilitation for resected meniscal tears can normally be reasonably aggressive, targeting early return to function.  Rehabilitation will progress as your pain and swelling allow. Most arthroscopic patients can return to normal function within 3 to 6 weeks.

Post-Meniscal Repair

Rehabilitation after a meniscus repair is usually different than a resection due to healing time require where a meniscus has been stitched. Most surgeons will have you non-weight bearing for 4 to 8 weeks to allow the meniscus to heal before commencing weight-bearing exercises.

As a result, physiotherapy rehabilitation should focus on early mobilisation of the knee (tibiofemoral) and kneecap (patellofemoral) joints, plus strengthening of your quadriceps, hamstrings and leg muscles.

Lastly, our treatment guidelines will be similar to the nonoperative approach taking into consideration the findings and operative procedures performed. For more specific information, please ask your physiotherapist.