Knee function improvement in patients with meniscus tears

What are the trajectories of improvement after treatment for degenerative meniscus tears?

Prognostic factors associated with worse knee function in sport and recreational activities after treatment for degenerative meniscus tears are both patient-related (e.g., higher BMI, poorer mental health, greater knee pain, lower perceived knee function, poorer quadriceps and hamstrings muscle strength, poorer functional performance) and imaging-based (e.g., more meniscal extrusion, radiological signs of knee osteoarthritis).

The percentages of patients showing low/ minimal, moderate/ gradual, and high/ early improvement are 10-12 percent, 20-36 percent and 53-70 percent, respectively. These results were found by a group of Scandinavian researchers who investigated the recovery trajectories of patient-reported knee function over five years after treatment for degenerative meniscal tears.


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