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Muscle-strengthening Program If the tear is minor and the pain and other symptoms go away, the doctor may recommend a muscle-strengthening program. The following exercises after injury to the meniscus are designed to build up the quadriceps and hamstring muscles and increase flexibility and strength: Exercising in a pool (walking as fast as possible in chest-deep water, performing small flutter kicks while holding onto the side of the pool, and raising each leg to 90 degrees in chest-deep water while pressing the back against the side of the pool). Raising the leg while lying on the stomach Extending the leg while sitting (a weight may be worn on the ankle for this exercise) Warming up the joint by riding a stationary bicycle, then straightening and raising the leg (but not straightening it too much) Before beginning any type of exercise program, consult your doctor or physical therapist to learn which exercises are appropriate for you and how to do them correctly, because doing the wrong exercise or exercising improperly can cause problems. A health care professional can also advise you on how to warm up safely and when to avoid exercising a joint affected by arthritis. Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases,
National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. www.niams.nih.gov