Can You Climb Stairs After Meniscus Surgery

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Can I do stairs with torn meniscus?

A torn meniscus can prevent normal pain-free motion of the knee and therefore can interfere with the patient’s ability to climb stairs or get in and out of chairs and cars. Sometimes the pain in the knee causes the brain to shut off the quadriceps muscle at the knee and leads to a “giving way” sensation.

Can you do stairs after knee surgery?

Answer: Immediately after surgery you will learn to climb stairs safely using crutches. As recovery continues and you work on flexion and extension of the new knee, you will be able to climb without crutches. With the help of physical therapy and building up the quadriceps muscles, stair climbing will be a breeze.

What activities can you do after meniscus surgery?

Most people can get back to desk work, school or sedentary activity 3 to 5 days after surgery. If your right knee was operated on, it may be up to 2 weeks before the knee is strong enough to hit the brakes to drive safely. For heavy work, it may take 4 to 6 weeks before the leg is strong enough to allow for working.

What is the fastest way to recover from meniscus surgery?

You will recover more quickly if you carefully follow all your doctor’s instructions. In your first days after surgery, you will need apply ice frequently and elevate your knee above your heart to help relieve swelling. Be sure to get plenty of sleep, to help your body heal.

Will walking on a torn meniscus make it worse?

If your doctor has told you that you don’t need surgery to repair your torn meniscus, you may be given the green light to walk. However, you’ll want to be very careful about movements that might worsen the tear or cause you pain. Avoid squatting and pivoting, which are likely to place too much pressure on the knee.

How do you sit on the toilet after knee surgery?

The toilet seat should be at least as high as the crease of the back of your knee. If it is not, get a raised toilet seat. The toilet seat should have armrests on it or you should have a vanity close on one side and/or a grab bar on the other side. Transferring to the toilet is the same as transferring to a chair.

How do you sleep after meniscus surgery?

Sleep with your knee raised, but not bent. Put a pillow under your foot. Keep your leg raised as much as possible for the first few days. You may shower 24 to 48 hours after surgery, if your doctor okays it.

How long is physical therapy after meniscus surgery?

It depends on your age, the type of tear, how you heal, and type of surgery, if you had it. As part of a conservative treatment, you’ll probably try PT for around 4 to 6 weeks, on a regular schedule. Also, you must regularly exercise at home the way you are taught.

Is walking good after meniscus surgery?

You can’t walk right after surgery. How long recovery takes depends on the type of meniscus surgery and the severity of the injury, but expect two weeks down time, at minimum. The meniscus is a crescent-shaped pad of cartilage located in the knee that helps stabilize and cushion the joint.

How painful is meniscus surgery recovery?

An uncomplicated meniscectomy will resolve most of the pain fairly quickly, but swelling and stiffness take time to resolve. It may take 4-5 months for full healing. The patient should be able to bear weight on the knee while standing or walking, immediately after surgery.