If you are suffering with a torn meniscus, then you should not hesitate to contact Cynergy PT and begin a personalized physical therapy regiment to recuperate from your injury. Our practice has five offices located throughout New York City, and we can give you the care and attention you need. Dial (212) 974-7252 today to schedule a consultation and learn more!
What is a meniscus?
The meniscus is a C-shaped piece of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber for the knee joint. It is positioned between the femur bone up the upper leg and the tibia bone of the lower leg. There is one meniscus on each side of the knee. The inner cartilage is called the medial meniscus and the outer piece of tissue is the lateral meniscus. The meniscus is protective of the articular cartilage in the knee, a type of tissue that coats the ends of bones where they meet in the joint. As such, the menisci play an important role in the prevention of arthritis.
How do you diagnose a torn meniscus?
A physician can often diagnose a torn meniscus via a physical examination alone. Symptoms of this condition include loss of motion or limited range of motion in the knee, tenderness on the joint line, swelling, and pain with certain movements. Diagnostic imaging may be performed to confirm the tear.
Can a torn meniscus be repaired with physical therapy?
In some cases, a meniscus tear may heal with physical therapy alone. Studies have found that, in applicable cases in which the knee has not suffered severe injury, physical therapy can achieve comparable results to surgery. The standard of care for this type of injury is to refer the patient to a physical therapist for rehabilitation. It is a common misperception that everyone who experiences a meniscus tear needs surgical intervention to repair the cartilage. Studies indicate that some people with meniscus tears have no pain and no noticeable change in the function of the knee joint. When determining who would benefit from surgery and who may improve without surgical intervention, doctors evaluate much more than imaging such as MRI. They also consider pain and function as identified in the clinical examination. Even limited range of motion, swelling, and pain may be temporary and treatable without surgery.
What does a physical therapist do for a torn meniscus?
Physical therapy sessions are personalized to each patient based on their specific needs. However, there may be common goals for rehabilitating a meniscus tear. These include improving muscle strength around the knee, improving range of motion of the knee, decreasing pain and swelling, and preventing future structural problems associated with the meniscus.
Some of the techniques that a physical therapist may utilize in treating a meniscus tear include:
- Manual therapies involving joint mobilization and stretching
- Strengthening exercises
- Compression and ice to minimize swelling and pain
- Neuromuscular electrical stimulation to improve the strength of the muscles around the knee
When do you start physical therapy after a torn meniscus?
A doctor may recommend starting physical therapy within days of a meniscus tear diagnosis. The timing of care may depend on variables such as age, the type of tear, and indications for surgery.
For how long is physical therapy needed after a torn meniscus?
Physical therapy is often an integral part of a conservative treatment plan. To provide time to realize meaningful improvements, a patient may engage in physical therapy for four to six weeks. Visits may occur once a week or a few times a week. It is necessary for the patient to also perform their physical therapy exercises at home between visits in order to see the best results.
Is physical therapy for a torn meniscus covered by insurance?
It may be. Every patient should contact their medical insurance provider directly for detailed information outlined by their plan. An insurance company may require a patient copay or deductible, may cover a percentage of the treatment costs, or have limits in terms of the number of visits a patient can have.
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Cynergy Physical Therapy NYC is a manual and functional-based physical therapy practice. We have provided outstanding care for the treatment of orthopedic and neurological impairments since 2001. Our experienced team creates a one-on-one, individualized, holistic approach to care in which the patient is the sole focus of each session. To schedule a visit at one of our convenient locations, contact us today.