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Oklahoma City Thunder: Russell Westbrook's recover time could vary greatly depending on extent of injury

Dr. David Geier of the Medical University of South Carolina said Westbrook's recovery time will be determined by whether the injury requires a “trim” or a “repair” of the meniscus. Certain tears are such a big part of the meniscus, they require doctors to sew the tear back together.
by Berry Tramel Published: April 26, 2013

Geier said if Westbrook has the more extensive repair, he would need to stay off his feet for several weeks. “No weight bearing,” Geier said. “Limit motion to certain range. You have to get the meniscus to heal.”

But Geier said when it's merely a trim, patients often are on their feet that day and can proceed as much as pain tolerance allows. “It takes a little time to get the swelling down,” Geier said. “Most people are walking around the house, around town, in two or three days. Then lightly jogging.”

Geier said the pain associated with a meniscus tear is not constant. “It's typically twisting-type motions,” Geier said. “Planting your foot, changing directions. It's very hard to play basketball because of the twisting and cutting motions.”

Geier said that typically, there is nothing preventing immediate surgery. “Basically when it's best for the athlete,” Geier said. “Would not at all surprise me if he already had the surgery or had it sometime today.”


by Berry Tramel
Columnist and Reporter
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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