When you visit Gemini Physical Therapy Spine & Sports Rehabilitation, our initial treatments for a torn meniscus focus on decreasing pain and swelling in your knee. Rest and anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin, can help decrease these symptoms. You may need to use crutches until you can walk without a limp.
Our Physical Therapist will treat your swelling and pain with the use of ice, electrical stimulation, and rest periods with your leg supported in elevation. Exercises are used to help you regain normal movement of joints and muscles. Exercises to improve knee range of motion and strength are added gradually. Our Physical Therapist may also help you to obtain and use a knee brace.
Although recovery time varies, nonsurgical rehabilitation for a meniscal injury typically lasts six to eight weeks. You can return to your sporting activities when your quadriceps and hamstring muscles are back to nearly their full strength and control, you are not having swelling that comes and goes, and you aren't having problems with the knee giving way.
Rehabilitation proceeds cautiously after surgery on the meniscus, and treatments will vary depending on whether you had part of the meniscus taken out or your surgeon repaired or replaced the meniscus.
Patients are strongly advised to follow their Physical Therapist's recommendations about how much weight can be borne while standing or walking. After a partial meniscectomy, we may instruct you to place a comfortable amount of weight on your operated leg using a walking aid. After a meniscal repair, however, you may be instructed to keep your knee straight in a locked knee brace and to put only minimal or no weight on your foot when standing or walking for up to six weeks.
Gemini Physical Therapy Spine & Sports Rehabilitation patients usually need only a few Physical Therapy visits after meniscectomy. We may recommend additional treatments if there are problems with swelling, pain, or weakness. Rehabilitation is slower after a meniscal repair or allograft procedure. At first, expect to see our Physical Therapist two to three times a week. If your surgery and rehabilitation go as planned, you may only need to do a home program and see our Physical Therapist every few weeks over a six-to eight-week period.
Gemini Physical Therapy Spine & Sports Rehabilitation provides services for Physical Therapy in Merrimack Valley.