Physical Therapy for Meniscus injuries to the Knee
What is the meniscus?
The meniscus is a structure that is a part of the knee joint which is formed from the femur (thigh bone, the shinbone (tibia), and the patella (knee cap).The meniscus is a cartilaginous structure that acts as a cushion or shock absorber of the knee. The knee has a medial meniscus which is commonly injured and the lateral meniscus.
Meniscus injuries are one of the most common knee injuries which could be injured by bending and twisting such as planting your foot and turning or during high impact activities such as a fall. Usually the meniscus is often torn along with other structures within the knee such as the ACL (Anterior cruciate ligament) and the MCL (Medial collateral ligament)
What are my treatment options?
If there is a meniscal tear, common symptoms are clicking, popping, joint stiffness or swelling which can affect your ability to move and achieve full range of motion. Surgical interventions may repair the meniscus by either removing the torn structures (Meniscectomy) or by stitching the meniscus together (Meniscal repair).
Following surgery, it is usually recommended to see a physical therapist. A physical therapist can teach you how to use crutches if needed, regain full range of motion, flexibility, and strength. While working with your physical therapist, you may need to avoid jumping, squatting, running, and twisting to allow the surgery to heal. Your physical therapist will help to progress exercises safely and help to return to your usual activities.
If you need Physical Therapy for a meniscus injury to the knee. Give Kailua Wellness Center a call today at (808) 261-8181.
Dr. Jun Bradley Cadelinia, DPT (Physical Therapist)