Physical therapy for meniscus injuries in El Cerrito, California

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Meet with the best meniscus injuries physical therapists in El Cerrito, California

El Cerrito, California, Luna employs Bay Area and Los Angeles-based physical therapists with a wealth of experience in the treatment of patients recovering from meniscus injuries. Our PTs will work with you to create a physical therapy routine that’s tailored to your goals, the severity of your injury, and your personal fitness level. Our goal is to help each and every patient return to their normal activities — just as quickly (and as safely) as possible.

Best of all, our patients can receive the treatment they need right in the comfort of their own homes. Luna’s therapists come to you — it’s physical therapy, delivered.

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What is a meniscus injury?

The menisci are the two C-shaped pieces of cartilage that run along either side of the knee, acting as a cushion between the shinbone and the thigh bone. If the knee twists or rotates forcefully, the meniscus can tear, resulting in impaired mobility, swelling, and pain in the knee. Degenerative conditions can also cause (or contribute to) a meniscus injury.

Treatments for a torn or strained meniscus vary. While rest and ice are sometimes enough for the meniscus to heal on its own, some especially severe meniscus injuries may require surgical treatment. Often, meniscus injuries tend to fall somewhere in the middle of the spectrum, and a combination of rest and specialized physical therapy can help the patient to a full recovery.

Source: MayoClinic

Meniscus injury symptoms

When a meniscus tear is caused by a sudden stop or impact, the tear usually occurs immediately, however symptoms don’t always appear until up to 24 hours later. Severe pain and swelling are usually the first to appear, followed by difficulty walking and difficulty straightening the leg comfortably.

If the meniscus tear develops due to repeated stress or a degenerative condition, the pain will usually develop gradually along the meniscus over time. When the meniscus does tear, the patient will likewise experience difficulty walking and swelling or stiffness in the knee.

The most common symptoms of meniscus injuries include:

  • Knee pain
  • Difficulty walking
  • Swelling or stiffness in the knee

Source: Cedars-Sinai

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What causes meniscus injuries?

Meniscus injuries are almost always the result of a sudden impact or twist in the knee. For this reason, they’re common in contact sports like football, volleyball, and soccer. Meniscus tears also tend to occur concurrently with other knee injuries, such as an ACL tear.

Age is a substantial risk factor for meniscus injuries as well. Because the meniscus tends to weaken with age, older individuals — especially those over 65 — are much more likely to suffer this injury. Repetitive motions or degenerative conditions can also cause the meniscus to wear down over time, leaving it prone to further injury.

The most common causes of meniscus injuries include:

  • Sudden impact
  • Sudden twisting or changing direction
  • Age
  • Degenerative conditions
Source: WebMD

Physical therapy for meniscus injuries in El Cerrito, California

Physical therapy is the go-to treatment for meniscus tears. Some evidence has even suggested that participating in physical therapy can help many patients avoid surgery altogether. A physical therapist can use various modalities and treatments to control pain and swelling while safely restoring mobility.

While a physical therapist will formulate a plan that’s tailored to the patient, most routines commonly include range of motion exercises, quadriceps strengthening exercises, balance exercises, and low-impact cardiovascular exercises like cycling.

Source: VeryWellHealth
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Frequently asked questions

Where are Luna therapists seeing patients?

Across the El Cerrito area, our therapists are at your service for in-home physical therapy sessions. We're committed to reaching you wherever you are, in any neighborhood we cover, to ensure that your PT experience is as convenient and accessible as possible.

Is physical therapy covered by insurance?

At Luna, we accept a variety of insurance plans and handle the benefits verification process seamlessly. Rest assured, your co-pay with Luna will consistently align with the specified amount in your insurance plan for a PT clinic visit. We gladly accept all major insurances and Medicare.

Is there a waiting list for new patients?

It's a resounding “no”! Our goal is to make it incredibly easy for patients to initiate their physical therapy journey. At Luna, new patients are always welcomed, and for most, their first at-home physical therapy appointment can be scheduled within a mere 48 hours of signing up. Our therapists maintain flexible schedules, available from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm, seven days a week. Check Availability.

Who are Luna’s physical therapists?

Within Luna, our therapists are highly experienced practitioners, with a minimum of 3 years of professional practice, often with many more years of experience. Each therapist goes through a rigorous interview and background check process. We only engage with therapists who are wholeheartedly dedicated to delivering top-tier care to their patients.

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