Rehabilitation and Return to Play Following Meniscus Repair

Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2021 Sep 1;29(3):173-179. doi: 10.1097/JSA.0000000000000303.


Injuries to the meniscus, particularly tears, can have significant negative impacts on pain, function, and quality of life. Preservation of the meniscus is favorable, especially in the athletic and active populations. While first line treatment is often nonoperative in nature, recalcitrant, and more complex tears, typically require surgery. Meniscus repair rates have increased significantly during the last 2 decades as surgical techniques and postoperative outcomes have improved. Longer postoperative timeframes are to be expected when compared with menisectomy, however, accelerated programs have demonstrated favorable outcomes. Rehabilitation and return to play guidelines should reflect the intricacies of the tear type and repair procedure. Close communication with the surgeon is a vital component to optimize patient outcomes. Further, the patient's goals and expected level of return to function, or sport, must be taken into account for a rehabilitation program to be fully successful.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Braces
  • Constriction
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy
  • Exercise
  • Humans
  • Muscle Strength
  • Organ Sparing Treatments
  • Quadriceps Muscle / physiology
  • Quality of Life
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Regional Blood Flow
  • Return to Sport*
  • Return to Work
  • Rupture / rehabilitation
  • Rupture / surgery
  • Tibial Meniscus Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Tibial Meniscus Injuries / surgery
  • Weight-Bearing