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knee-meniscus-tearKnee Meniscus Tear

A meniscus tear is when one or more fibrocartilage strips in the knee rupture. This can happen during everyday activities like walking, as well as during sports or other physical activities.

When a tear occurs, common symptoms include pain, swelling, and clicking in the knee. Activities like climbing stairs or getting in and out of a car or chair may become difficult.

Treatment for a meniscus tear involves strengthening the hamstrings, quadriceps, and calf muscles. Education on proper movement techniques during recreational activities is also important.

Post-Surgical Physiotherapy for Meniscal Injuries

Resected Meniscal Tears

Physiotherapy for resected meniscal tears can be moderately aggressive and aim for an early return to function. Rehabilitation progresses based on pain and swelling levels, with most patients returning to normal function within 3 to 6 weeks.

Post-Meniscal Repair

Rehabilitation after a meniscus repair is different from a resection due to the need for healing time after stitching the meniscus. Patients are often non-weight bearing for 4 to 8 weeks to allow for proper healing before starting weight-bearing exercises.

Physiotherapy for post-meniscal repair focuses on early mobilization of the knee and kneecap joints, along with strengthening the quadriceps, hamstrings, and leg muscles.