Meniscus tears are one of the most common knee injuries people tend to endure. It can be extremely painful and in some cases, you’ll be required to get surgery. No matter how serious your case is, a proper rehabilitation plan is the key to a successful recovery.  If you or someone you know has recently suffered a meniscus tear and is in search of physical therapy in Smithtown, NY, we’ve got you covered. At Block Sports Chiropractic and Physical Therapy, our team can help get you back on track after a meniscus tear.

How did I injure my Meniscus?

Your meniscus is composed of crescent-shaped structures that allow your knees to absorb any shocks that are incurred. It also allows for proper knee function when comes to bending or straightening it. There are a few different ways you can injure it, including the following:

  • Trauma from twisting your knee
  • Hyperextension
  • Degenerative conditions
    • I.e. Osteoarthritis
  • Wear and tear

How can Physical Therapy Help?

Before you can rehab the injury, you will need to be evaluated to determine if you actually tore your meniscus. If you have torn it, a doctor will determine how severe of a tear it is and whether or not you will need surgery. The healing process of a minor meniscus tear could take anywhere from 2-3 weeks. The goal is for you to regain full range of motion in your knee and to regain back the original strength in your injured knee. You will have to be able to run again a full speed and will be required to perform an unassisted squat to determine that the injury is fully healed. Obtaining this goal has a higher success rate if you properly rehabilitate this injury.  

What can you do to help your recovery process:

If you don’t need surgery, you initially will be told to rest, ice and elevate the injury.  You will then be recommended to do a routine course of exercises to help rehab the injury. After that, a physical therapist in Smithtown, NY could recommend some of the following exercises so that you and work on rehabbing the injury at home:   

  • Heel Slide
  • Straight leg raises
  • Standing Calf Stretch
  • Wall squat with a Ball
  • Hamstring Stretch on a Wall
  • Restrained Knee Extensions
  • Knee Stabilization
  • Stepping Exercises

If you have recently injured your meniscus and are looking for Physical Therapy in Smithtown NY, contact Block Sports Chiropractic and Physical Therapy!