Rehabilitation following meniscal repair
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- Cavanaugh, J.T. & Killian, S.E. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med (2012) 5: 46. doi:10.1007/s12178-011-9110-y
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It has become increasingly more evident that the meniscus plays an important role in contributing to knee joint longevity. Advances in surgical techniques by orthopaedic surgeons to repair traumatized menisci have led to better long term outcomes, decreasing the incidence of articular cartilage degeneration. Advances have also been made in rehabilitative techniques following meniscal repair. These techniques along with sound rehabilitation principles to include a criteria based progression have contributed to excellent outcomes and earlier return to function and sport. The role of the meniscus, recent advances in surgical repair and the current post-operative rehabilitation techniques employed by sports rehabilitation specialists today are discussed.