A tear of the meniscus in the knee is a common and painful injury. Meniscal tears can occur from a twist of the knee, jumping, lifting, or squatting. So, what exactly is the meniscus? We have two pieces of cartilage that are c-shaped, surrounding our knees to keep them stabilized. These are called menisci.
When the meniscus gets torn, the knee can become swollen and painful, negatively impacting your quality of day-to-day life. Oftentimes to treat a meniscus tear, a meniscal repair is required. Physical therapy is usually needed to recover and return to previous activities after the repair. If you have recently undergone a meniscal repair, contact us at Island Sports Physical Therapy to make an appointment for orthopedic physical therapy in East Northport.
What symptoms are associated with a meniscal tear?
A tear in the meniscus can cause a host of uncomfortable symptoms ranging from the following:
- Knee pain
- Locking of the knee where the knee feels as if it is “stuck”
- Inability or difficulty fully extending and bending the leg
How is a meniscal tear treated?
Depending on the severity of your meniscal tear, treatment can range from applying heat and ice to undergoing surgery to repair the cartilage. When the injury is particularly severe, surgery is required to repair the knee back to its original state. Physical therapy for post-operative patients is important if you are looking to regain your previous level of mobility, strength, and flexibility. Our team can provide the orthopedic physical therapy in East Northport that you will need to recover.
Post-Operative Physical Therapy
After having undergone surgery for a meniscal repair, receiving physical therapy can greatly help speed along the healing process and get you back to where you long to be. Some of the methods that you may receive include the following:
- Stretching exercises to improve flexibility and range of motion
- Strengthening exercises to restore and improve strength such as core strengthening and lower body training like quadricep-focused strengthening exercises
- Cardiovascular training
- Training and exercises to improve control
If you have recently undergone a meniscal repair, contact us at Island Sports Physical Therapy for orthopedic physical therapy in East Northport to ease your pain and speed up your recovery process the right way.