Can I still play sports and exercise before meniscus surgery?

If you have a meniscus tear, should you stop exercising and playing sports until you see an orthopedic surgeon and have meniscus surgery? Are you doing more harm to it by continuing to be active? In this Ask Dr. Geier video, I answer those questions for a patient with a meniscus tear who wants to play golf.

Stefanie asks:
I’m a serious golfer, playing 3-4 times a week. I just found out I have a large horizontal tear in the inside meniscus on the right knee. I’m waiting to get in to see a surgeon next month. Can I still play golf or should I rest it?

Surgery is often performed for active people with meniscus tears. Those surgeries could involve trimming out the torn part of the meniscus – a partial meniscectomy – or sewing the tear back together – a meniscus repair. Often the patient has enough pain in the knee that she can’t do the activities she wants, so she does surgery to get back to sports.

In this video, I discuss whether an active person with a meniscus tear should stop what she does to avoid doing further harm to the knee.

Also read:
Ask Dr. Geier – Risk of playing sports with a meniscus tear
Ask Dr. Geier – Do you need surgery for a meniscus tear?

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