Uruguay’s champ Luis Suarez, has undergone surgery to repair a knee injury he picked up while training. The Liverpool forward had arthroscopic surgery recently and is really pushing to get ready for the FIFA World Cup in less than three weeks. A meniscectomy (surgery to remove damaged meniscus) can take anywhere between 4-6 weeks to recover. Suarez will definitely be pushing those limits as he works with his team physiotherapists in Montevideo, Uruguay.
A meniscus tear is a common injury to the cartilage that stabilizes and cushions the knee joint. The type of tear can determine how much recovery time needed . Tears sometimes can be repaired, depending on where they are located. Many people who experience this will say they felt a “pop”. Though many athletes keep playing with a tear, over time the knee will gradually become more stiff and swollen.
The most common symptoms for meniscus damage are pain, stiffness, swelling, catching or locking of your knee. Without any kind of treatment, a piece of meniscus may become loose and drift into other areas and this can cause your knee to slip, pop, or lock.
A large percentage of meniscal tears do become surgical. Post-surgery, the first 2 weeks are focused on regaining range of motion and controlling inflammation. Physiotherapy begins right after surgery. Heavy training/workouts, such as running and squats, are postponed for several weeks.
Related knee injuries — most commonly the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) or medial collateral ligament (MCL) — may occur at the same time as a torn meniscus. In this case, the treatment plan may be altered. Typically, your surgeon will repair your torn meniscus, while reconstructing the ACL. The medial collateral ligament is generally left to heal naturally.
For more information on meniscal tears, or your recovery from surgery, please free to contact one of our physiotherapists at 905-417-3800 (Kick Physiotherapy Maple) or 647-799-0577 (Kick Physiotherapy Woodbridge).
Kick Physiotherapy & Sports Medicine Inc. is proud to offer you advanced post-surgical physiotherapy intervention and treatment in the community of Vaughan (Maple and Woodbridge). We are a multidisciplinary group bringing you other services including physiotherapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, custom orthotics, bracing, and video analysis. Whether you’re a Sunday morning golfer, a professional athlete or a stay-at-home mom, Kick has the expertise to provide you with first-class care to help you return to work or play, as quickly as possible.