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Knee Injury and Meniscus Tear

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When Will My Knee Feel Better?

Recovery time for your knee depends on how severe your meniscus tear is. Full recovery from surgery may take about a month, depending on the type of procedure performed. But keep in mind that people also heal at different rates.

If your doctor agrees, you could take up a new activity that won't aggravate your knee pain while you recover. For instance, runners could try swimming.

Whatever you do, don't rush things. Don't try to return to your old level of physical activity until:

  • You feel no pain when you bend or straighten your knee.
  • You feel no pain in your knee when you walk, jog, sprint, or jump.
  • Your knee is no longer swollen.
  • Your knee feels as strong as your uninjured knee.

If you start using your knee before it's healed, you could cause further injury.

How Can I Prevent a Meniscus Tear?

Meniscus tears are tough to prevent, since they're usually the result of an accident. But some precautions might lower the risks of a knee injury. You should:

  • Keep your thigh muscles strong with regular stretching.
  • Give your body time to rest between workouts. Fatigued muscles can increase your risk of injury.
  • Make sure your shoes have enough support and fit correctly.
  • Stretch before and after physical activity.
  • Never abruptly increase the intensity of your workout. Make changes slowly.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Jeffrey S. Beitler, MD on February 25, 2012
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