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Rehabilitation guidelines following Meniscal Repair

  • Timelines mentioned are approximate and progression depends on individual recovery.
  • Partial weight-bearing with crutches for 4 weeks.
  • For the first 2 weeks – Apply icepacks 3-5 times daily for 10 minutes each time.

First 2 weeks

  • Straight leg raise, Quadriceps and gluteal sets, Range of movement exercises of knee sitting on a chair.
  • Core strengthening and upper body exercises.
  • No resistance exercises.
  • No pivoting, twisting, cutting movements.

2-4 weeks

  • Continue with quadriceps and ROM exercises.
  • Start proprioception exercises.
  • Progress with core strengthening.

After 4 weeks

  • Proceed to full weight bearing.
  • Progress with ROM, proprioception and core strengthening.
  • Start resistance exercises only after 6 weeks – Closed chain exercises only till 12 weeks.
  • Start slow walking on treadmill and incorporate functional exercises.
  • Running after 12 weeks only based on functional and activity/sports based testing.