How long does it take for a bucket handle meniscus tear to heal?

Following the healing period, you will need physical therapy for several weeks to strengthen and increase stability, mobility, and flexibility in the knee. The overall recovery process will most likely be between 4 to 6 months.

How long are you non weight bearing after meniscus repair?

As this healing occurs, patients progress towards bearing weight, increasing their range of motion, and leaving the knee brace behind. How quickly this progress occurs varies by surgeon, but a typical range is 4-8 weeks. Patients are usually out of the brace and walking without crutches around 2-3 months.

When should you start rehab after meniscus surgery?

Approximately 4 weeks after surgery, patients typically begin to perform higher level activities during physical therapy visits. With your physical therapist’s guidance at 4 to 6 weeks, you will begin the gradual transition back to your sport.

How do you rehab after meniscus surgery?


  1. Straight leg raise exercises (lying, seated, and standing), quadriceps/adduction/ gluteal sets, ankle pumps.
  2. Well-leg stationary cycling, upper body ergometer for cardio.
  3. Daily edge of bed dangle for passive knee flexion (allow knee to hang in pain-free range with light stretch).

Should I walk on a bucket handle meniscus tear?

You may still be able to walk after you tear your meniscus, and in fact, many athletes continue to play with a meniscal tear. With bucket handle tears the meniscus can flip back into place and feel good for some time, but it will typically flip back forward with one wrong painful move.

Can you walk with a bucket handle meniscus tear?

While this can reduce immediate symptoms, you may be more vulnerable to early osteoarthritis. After surgery, a doctor will typically recommend that you don’t bear weight on your affected leg for about six weeks. You might walk with crutches and wear a special brace called a knee immobilizer to allow for healing time.

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.

Why is my knee so tight after meniscus surgery?

The fluid in your knee often remains there for at least 4-6 weeks after surgery until your body can reabsorb it. This fluid will make your knee feel tight or stiff, especially with deep knee bending or squatting.

Do you wear a brace after meniscus surgery?

In most meniscus repair cases the brace is recommended for the first 6 weeks after surgery. Q: WILL PHYSICAL THERAPY BE NEEDED AFTER MENISCUS SURGERY? things to monitor and consider during recovery. Physical therapy will begin within 1 week after surgery.

What should I avoid after meniscus surgery?

No bending your knee or squatting >90 degrees. the first 7-10 days after your surgery. Avoid long periods of sitting (without your leg elevated) or long distance traveling for 2 weeks. No driving until instructed by Dr.

Can you walk with a bucket handle tear?

The majority of these bucket tears can be fixed or sutured back together. In addition to being large, the torn part tends to flip over on itself and become stuck in the middle of the knee joint. If the meniscus flips over, you will find it painful to walk, and it can make it impossible to straighten your knee fully.