A torn meniscus is a very common knee injury that can occur as a result of any physical activity that puts excessive pressure on this joint. The menisci are two pieces of cartilage on each knee that provide cushioning between the shinbone and thighbone. Strenuous activities, such as running, jumping and climbing, that are associated with many sports can put excessive stress on these pieces of connective tissue. Too much pressure can result in this relatively tough piece of connective tissue developing a tear.
While surgery can become necessary in severe cases, a torn meniscus can often heal on its own, especially with proper treatment. By strengthening and stabilizing the knee and improving range of motion, physical therapy can be an effective form of torn meniscus treatment. If you’re looking to learn more about how a physical therapist can help with torn meniscus treatment, we’ve prepared the following guide.
Receiving torn meniscus treatment from a physical therapist
When seeking physical therapy for a torn meniscus, here are three steps you can expect to follow:
- Make an initial appointment — At your first visit, you can expect a full physical examination, a review of your medical history, movement and balance tests, and a thorough discussion of your symptoms.
- Develop a treatment plan — From there, your therapist can help you create a personalized treatment plan based on your unique needs. Physical therapy typically consists of a combination of exercises, hands-on techniques and other methods designed to restore function to the area and help the healing process.
- Follow a healthy lifestyle to help the healing process — Additionally, your therapist will also provide education and instruction regarding how to perform exercises and other treatments at home. It is also important to practice lifestyle choices that promote the health of your musculoskeletal system, such as eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of rest.
When receiving torn meniscus treatment you also need to listen to your body and not resume any strenuous activity before you have been cleared by a qualified professional.
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