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Rehabilitation guidelines following Knee Arthroscopy
- Timelines mentioned are approximate and progression depends on individual recovery.
- Knee arthroscopy for isolated meniscal tears or loose bodies does not need intensive physiotherapy post-operatively. Please follow Dr Reddy’s advice regarding exercises.
- Dr Reddy will refer you to a therapist if knee stiffness or quadriceps weakness is an issue or if concomitant conditions of the knee may benefit from physiotherapy.
- For the first 2 weeks – Apply icepacks 3-5 times daily for 10 minutes each time.
First 2 weeks
- Static quadriceps exercises, straight leg raise, calf presses, hip abduction exercise.
- Core strengthening exercises.
- Range of movement of knee exercise sitting in a chair.
- Upper body conditioning.
- Progress with gait training to decrease dependence on assistive devices, if being used.
- Progress with strengthening exercises as tolerated – including squats, hamstring curl, leg press.
- Progress with resistance exercises, core strengthening and start aerobic exercises.
- Emphasise single leg strength, stance and proprioception.