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Rehab Protocols

Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair

Phase I (Weeks 0-6)

  • Weightbearing:  As tolerated with crutches
  • Hinged Knee Brace:  worn for 4 weeks post-op
    • Locked in full extension for ambulation and sleeping – remove for hygiene and PT (Weeks 0-2)
    • Unlocked for ambulation and removed while sleeping, for hygiene and PT (Weeks 2-4)
  • Range of Motion – AAROM -> AROM as tolerated
    • Weeks 04:  Full ROM – No weightbearing at flexion angles greater than 90°
    • Weeks 46:  Full ROM as tolerated – progress to flexion angles greater than 90°
  • Therapeutic Exercises
    • Quad/Hamstring sets, heel slides, straight leg raises, co-contractions
    • Isometric abduction and adduction exercises
    • Patellar Mobilizations
    • At 4 Weeks: can begin partial wall-sits – keep knee flexion angle less than 90°

Phase II (Weeks 6-12)

  • Weightbearing:  As tolerated — discontinue crutch use at 6 weeks
  • Hinged Knee Brace:  Discontinue brace use when patient has achieved full extension with no evidence of extension lag
  • Range of Motion –  Full active ROM
  • Therapeutic Exercises
    • Closed chain extension exercises, Hamstring strengthening
    • Lunges – 0-90°, Leg press – 0-90°
    • Proprioception exercises
    • Begin use of the stationary bicycle

Phase III (Weeks 12-16)

  • Weightbearing:  Full weightbearing with normal gait pattern
  • Range of Motion – Full/Painless ROM
  • Therapeutic Exercises
    • Continue with quad and hamstring strengthening
    • Focus on single-leg strength
    • Begin jogging/running
    • Plyometrics and sport-specific drills

Phase IV (Months 4-6)

  • Gradual return to athletic activity as tolerated
  • Maintenance program for strength and endurance

Comments:   Patients should avoid tibial rotation for 4-6 weeks post-op

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