How Long Does PT Take To Work For Torn Meniscus?

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I posted 2 months ago about having a 3 year old MRI which showed a torn meniscus but no doctor wanted to operate, said PT would work. It did but now it is back. I went to PT but while awaiting new visit authorizations, quit for a few weeks but did it at home, not so diligently. It seemed to be better and after a long walk yesterday, hurts again. I am starting tomorrow again. How long does it usually take to feel improvement? I am feeling so discouraged.

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    I had torn menisci...both sides.  Required a scoping to fix it.  A few days of elevation and ice...maybe a week at the most.  Done.  If it's torn, I don't think any amount of PT is gonna fix it.

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    Be patient and diligent in your PT at home. It will soon feel better.
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    Depends on severity. If it's torn bad and getting stuck in the joint, you could have pieces floating around.

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    If it is torn, you will need surgery to fix it. My Mom had it done a few years ago, same day surgery. It takes about 6 weeks to get back to normal, but this also depends on the person, the skill of the surgeon, extent of the tear and of course some physical therapy. A torn meniscus will not repair/heal itself.
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