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Getting A Leg Up On Meniscectomy

Tears of the meniscus (knee cartilage) are usually treated with a (partial) meniscectomy, which is surgical removal of the torn piece of cartilage.

This procedure serves to prevent permanent damage to the knee, alleviate discomfort, and improve function of the joint. One potential downside to the procedure is that people who undergo meniscectomy have been known to experience long-term reduced knee function. According to a recent study by Swedish researchers, this is due to decreased strength of the quadriceps (thigh muscle). This finding was based on comparisons of muscle strength and functional performance of the legs of middle-aged patients after their meniscectomies. It should be noted, however, that physical therapy and continued exercise can help restore quadricep strength to normal.

The physical therapy programs at our facility are individually tailored to your specific needs. We work closely with our patients to focus on strength building where they need it most, and to come up with ways to prevent stress, pain and discomfort. We treat all types of orthopedic, neurologic, post surgical, sports, and occupational cases. Call 949-429-3220 to make an appointment at our clinic, located at 27136 B Paseo Espada, Suite 1103, San Juan Capistrano. We provide laser therapy services for a wide range of conditions, including scar-reduction and wound care, and are proud to own THOR laser - the best ever in laser technology.

P.S. By increasing the strength of the quadriceps (and commensurate strengthening of the hamstrings that oppose them), patients can significantly relieve stress on their knees.