Posted: 10/06/2013 at 09:33
Hi Amanda, is the knee heavily bruised? I had a knee arthroscopy last year, after five weeks it was still very stiff and was a beatiful shade of yellow. This surprised me as the healing time was to recover from the bruising caused by the surgical tools, rather than the trimming of the meniscus. Have you seen a steady improvement in knee movement? Has the swelling been gradually reducing? These might not be at the rather that you'd like, but it should be getting noticeably better as the weeks progress.
My experience was that I wasn't given any physio (nor crutches). I was seen privately - so there was no ulterior motive to save money. I'd targetted eight weeks post-op to start running again, but this was optimistic and it turned out to be 12 weeks before I could run. I do remember my recovery being frustratingly slow.
Whilst I didn't have any physio, I did follow my own routine based on advice I'd found on the internet (a fairly conservative approach as I ignored a lot of the more extreme internet "advice"). This mainly consisted of gentle bending and tensing of the thigh muscles etc, as there was no way I was capable of doing squats etc.
Have a look here for some advice from an NHS Trust (NB note that they mention follow up physio is not normally provided for a menicus tear).