How Physical Therapy Can Help Your Meniscus Tear

Improve Your Mobility, Strength, and Function

Man with Meniscus Tear

Stiffness, swelling, pain, catching, locking, clicking, buckling – maybe you’ve experienced a few of these symptoms in your knee. If you have a Meniscus tear, what can you do to help? Maybe you’ve heard that meniscus surgery is a possible option for you. Or maybe you’ve considered physical therapy. How do you know which is right for you?

Here we’ll discuss the benefits of Physical Therapy for meniscus tears and offer you some exercises you can get started on today…

Knee Arthritis – Taking Steps Forward

How To Improve Your Mobility, Strength, and Function

Man with knee arthritis

So you’ve been diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis? Understandably, you’re a little concerned…and questions are running through your mind. Is there any way to get better? Will it keep getting worse? Will you need surgery? Here we’ll provide some answers to your questions and start with a bit of good news: your diagnosis of knee arthritis does not have to be a sentence to a life of pain and disability – ultimately leading to knee replacement surgery. There are steps you can take to improve and this is where you start…

IT Band Syndrome – Your Guide to Relief

Runners and Cyclists Listen Up!

IT Band syndrome

Mile after mile…all the miles…and then a few more miles– exercising, training, racing, you’ve put in the work and now your knee is paying for it. Whether it’s running, cycling, or a similar activity, pain on the outside of your knee is often from friction of the IT band. What causes this? Why do some athletes get this and others don’t? How can you find relief?

Here we’ll offer some answers to these questions and give you some exercises you can get started on today…

Knee Replacement Rehab [What You Need To Know]

Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Several years ago, when I was a Physical Therapy student, I had the privilege of observing a couple of live surgeries, one of which was a Total Knee Replacement. Simply put, I was blown away at how mechanical the surgeon and his team were during the procedure. The process was precise down to the last detail – the preparation, the cuts, the tools, the measurements – nothing was left to chance. There was no guesswork, just a series of steps that were taken to get the job done.

I’m glad I got to see this surgery in particular because my current workload consists of seeing many patients recovering from Knee Replacements. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal about the rehabilitative process and what it takes to be successful.

Although outcomes are good and success is likely, no one wants surgery – it’s a last resort.

That said, if you struggle with knee pain, there’s good news. There are steps you can take to improve your mobility, strength, and function to delay and, sometimes, bypass surgery altogether.

Let’s take a look at what the knee replacement surgery looks like, who needs one, the outcomes, what the rehabilitation process looks like, and – most importantly – the steps you can take to, hopefully, never have to get one…

Why Meniscus Surgery Isn’t All It’s Cut Out To Be

Meniscus Surgery Operating Table

A Meniscus tear in your knee sounds pretty bad, doesn’t it? If you had a tear, your first thought, other than “Ouch!”, might be “I probably need surgery!” Well, you wouldn’t be alone. Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy is the most common orthopedic procedure performed in the United States – about 700,000 surgeries per year costing roughly 4 billion dollars1. Being so common, you would think the meniscus surgery must have incredibly successful outcomes, right?

Not so much…