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OVERVIEW

Meniscal Tears

Menisci, plural for meniscus, are cartilage pads that cushion the knee from compressive loads. The possibility of one or both of these pads being torn can occur when the lower leg is bent and twisted. Joint line pain, locking and swelling at the knee are all signs and symptoms. The tear may look like a parrot beak or a bucket handle. The treatment should include rest, ice and compression. A large tear may be treated with arthroscopic surgery.

GOALS

Possible Treatment Goals

  • Improve Balance
  • Decrease Risk of Reoccurrence
  • Improve Fitness
  • Improve Function
  • Improve Muscle Strength and Power
  • Increase Oxygen to Tissues
  • Improve Proprioception
  • Improve Range of Motion
  • Self-care of Symptoms
  • Improve Tolerance for Prolonged Activities
  • Improve Wound Healing

Physical Therapy
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Neuromuscular Re-education
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Vestibular Therapy
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Therapeutic Exercise
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Manual Therapy
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Joint Mobilization

Core Training
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IASTM
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Blood Flow Restriction
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Physical Therapy for Dancers
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Shockwave Therapy
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Dry Needling