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Will Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler, After Meniscus Surgery, Be Ready For the Playoffs?

Forbes featured a bylined article by Joshua S. Dines, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS, about the recent meniscus injury suffered by Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler.

Dr. Dines, who did not treat Butler, wrote about treatment for a meniscus injury and the likelihood of Butler's recovery in time for the NBA playoffs.

"Treatment for meniscus tears depends on severity, location and the underlying disease within the joint. Some individuals can treat their meniscus tears conservatively without operation by using anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy. Unfortunately, for individuals who are involved in physically demanding work or sports, surgery is often necessary," Dr. Dines noted.

Additionally, Dr. Dines explained that the recovery process involves physical therapy to strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee.

"The goal of recovering for the playoffs is plausible, though; if Butler undergoes hours of rehabilitation each day, he could potentially return to practice within a few weeks," he wrote.

Read the full article at forbes.com

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