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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.

2-6 weeks

  • 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.