Sports Medicine

, Volume 20, Issue 5, pp 338–347 | Cite as

Rehabilitation Following Arthroscopic Meniscectomy

  • Diane M. M. St-Pierre
Review Article

Summary

Meniscal injuries are reported to be the most common injury sustained by athletes, with sports injuries being responsible for over 30% of the total number of lesions. Treatment of meniscal lesions has evolved considerably over the past 20 years and partial meniscectomies, or menisci repairs, are now the treatment of choice for the majority of lesions. Following arthroscopic meniscectomy, patients are routinely able to walk without support within 1 to 3 days, return to work after 1 to 2 weeks, resume athletic training by 2 to 4 weeks and return to competition in 3 to 4 weeks.

Physiotherapy has been widely prescribed following arthroscopic meniscectomy and exercise protocols have been described in the literature. However, few studies have actually ascertained whether or not physiotherapy accelerates recovery. From these studies, there is little doubt that some form of rehabilitation, e.g. pain control or exercises, may be effective in accelerating the recovery of muscle strength to preoperative values. Therefore, whether or not physiotherapy is required following arthroscopic meniscectomy may depend on the presence or absence of preoperative strength deficits, and thus, on whether it is the dominant or nondominant leg that is injured. In patients with no preoperative deficits, and a normal post-surgery evolution, full recovery may be expected within 6 weeks if pain and swelling are brought under control. Physiotherapy intervention may not, perhaps, be justified for these patients, except in professional athletes where a faster return to preoperative values may be desired.

Keywords

Anterior Cruciate Ligament Soccer Player Meniscus Repair Meniscal Injury Partial Meniscectomy 

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  • Diane M. M. St-Pierre
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  1. 1.School of Physical and Occupational TherapyMcGill UniversityMontréalCanada

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