Physiotherapy for Meniscus Injury

Physiotherapy for Meniscus Injury

A meniscus tear is a common knee injury that often affects people who play contact sports. It can also be caused by wear and tear and doing everyday activities that put pressure on the knee joint, such as squatting to pick something up or getting in and out of a car. The injury occurs when a person tears the protective cartilage in the knee. Below are a few things to consider on how you can take advantage of physiotherapy for meniscus injury.

A meniscus tear isn’t always painful, but it can cause swelling and instability in the knee. The knee may lock, and you may have trouble moving it. A meniscal tear is especially common among people with arthritis and older athletes, since the meniscus in the knee weakens with age.

Physiotherapy plays a significant role in the management of a meniscus tear, whether it’s a partial tear or a complete tear. The goals of physiotherapy in this context are to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation, improve knee mobility and strength, restore normal function, and prevent future injury.

Physiotherapy approach:

Physical therapy could be prescribed in mild to moderate level based on the severity of the tear. In case of an extreme level of tear, the recommendation is to resort to a surgical intervention. The rehabilitation effort focuses on reducing pain and inflammation through modalities like ice therapy, while gradually restoring knee mobility and strength. Range of motion exercises prevent stiffness, while strengthening exercises target surrounding muscles like quadriceps and hamstrings. Balance, proprioception, and functional training aid in joint stability and functional recovery. Gait training corrects walking abnormalities, and education on proper knee mechanics and home exercises promote continuous progress. The goal is a guided and gradual return to activities, with regular monitoring and adjustments.

The goal of Curezone Physiotherapy at Mississauga and Oakville locations is to restore as much function as possible with minimal amount of pain. Our Physiotherapists design a treatment plan based on your specific needs and symptoms. Some modalities used in meniscus tear rehabilitation include:

1) Muscle strengthening exercises Balance and range of motion exercises.

2) Heat and/or ice Joint compression.

3) Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) — gently stimulates muscles to strengthen them K-Taping for support and stability.

Immediate Help through Physiotherapy for Meniscus Tear:

If you suffered a meniscus tear, click below to book an appointment with one of our expert physiotherapists to let us immediately start assisting you in getting you back into your normal functionality.


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