Q: Why am I still having trouble with my knee after having surgery on my meniscus?
A: Many times, after surgery, patients have continued swelling, pain and difficulty with day-to-day activities such as walking, stairs, standing, balance and squatting. This is often because the knee joints become stiff and the muscles surrounding the knee aren’t as strong as they used to be.
Physical therapists can help you stretch the joints and muscles of the knee, as well as strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee to promote ability to move better and perform activities such as stairs, walking and prolonged standing with less difficulty. Physical therapists use your personal goals to develop individualized treatment plans consisting of therapeutic activities, strengthening exercises, joint mobilization, muscle flexibility, trigger point dry needling and balance training to help you return to the activities you enjoy with improved mobility and decreased pain.