My 71-year-old grandmother fell about two months ago and tore the medial meniscus in her right knee. Her doctor told her surgery is not necessary, but he failed to give her any exercises that will help to strengthen the knee. Please help.
The best exercises for your grandmother’s knee are exercises that help her walking ability. To walk straight ahead, you must stabilize side-to-side and rotational forces. Exercises that will help her involve basic balance exercises. Just remember that any exercise she does, proper alignment is maintained. For example, while balancing on one leg, maintain her knee aligned over her toes. Once her knee deviates from optimum alignment, the exercise should be stopped to avoid excessive forces transferred to the weakened knee structures. It is very important to improve her balance abilities and efficiency, especially following injury at her age she may have tendencies to become more sedentary, mainly because it is less painful. Meniscus (cartilage) injuries respond well to weight-bearing activities.
I hope this helps!