NITA STRASS On Recovery From Meniscus Repair Surgery: 'Being On Crutches Is By Far The Most Frustrating Part'

January 7, 2023

Former Alice Cooper and current Demi Lovato guitarist Nita Strauss is currently receiving physical therapy after recently undergoing surgery for a torn meniscus.

On Friday (January 6),Nita took to her Instagram to write: "Stopping in to give a lil knee update!

"It's 10 days post surgery, I'm completely off all pain meds, and physical therapy is rocking and rolling along.

"I'm in the extremely capable hands of Zach and the team at @unbreakableperformance, @theanatomyoftherapy, and just started a couple days ago with @tb12sports! This is truly the dream team and I feel very very lucky!!

"It's not easy, but we are pushing hard and making great progress every single day.

"Being on crutches is by far the most frustrating part, and it'll still be a few weeks until I'm off them, but at least I'm starting to get used to it!

"With all the mobility and strength work we're doing, I'm going to be doing 360 jumps off stage risers in time, but now better and stronger than before.

"Until then I'll enjoy being taken care of by the best partner in the world @thejoshv", referring to Josh Villalta, Nita's longtime boyfriend who also plays drums in her solo band and manages her career. "I love you!"

Strauss also included a picture of her performing live, and added: "[Photo] from when I could still bend my knee past 90 degrees, which I will never take for granted again, by @awendowskiphoto".

Nita's meniscus surgery was overseen by Dr. Michael Banffy, an orthopedic surgeon at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles who is also a team doctor for the Los Angeles Rams. The procedure took place seven months after she first sustained the injury while on the road with Cooper.

Strauss, who has been the in-house guitarist for Los Angeles Rams football games since the team moved to SoFi Stadium in 2020, previously discussed her operation in a social media post in November. At the time she said in a video message: "I have a little knee update, for those who've been wondering. I did have my pre-op last week, and, unfortunately, it didn't go exactly as I hoped it would. According to my doctor, eight months of performing on a torn meniscus did not do my any favors. The injury has not improved; unfortunately, it's gotten worse. So surgery has had to be pushed to the end of the year — after Christmas, after the last Rams game — and then it'll be a full month before I can do anything at all again. So no shows, no performing, no nothing. I'm super disappointed at that; I was hoping to already be on the mend by now. But it is what it is."

In an October 2022 interview with Meltdown of Detroit's WRIF radio station, Nita said that she had "been touring with a torn meniscus since May. So I'm actually not as injury prone as I usually would be, because I'm taking it a little easier," she added. "I have surgery scheduled at the end of this tour, between Rams games and everything else I have going on. So right now I've been playing through the most serious injury I've ever had and really just trying to take care of that, make sure it doesn't get worse before it gets better."

Asked if she has had to take cortisone shots in order to deal with the pain while performing on stage in recent months, Nita said: "I've had two. I now can't have any more because it's too close to my surgery date. It's getting tough now, but we're making it through.

"All I can really do is keep it under control," she explained. "It's just the realities of running around on stage for 20 years; every once in a while you're gonna get hurt."

According to the Mayo Clinic, a torn meniscus is one of the most common knee injuries. Any activity that causes you to forcefully twist or rotate your knee, especially when putting your full weight on it, can lead to a torn meniscus.

Nita made her live debut with Demi in July with a performance of Lovato's single "Substance" on ABC's Emmy Award-winning late-night show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!".

Strauss had been playing with Cooper since 2014 when she replaced Australian musician and former Michael Jackson player Orianthi. She joined Alice in time for a mammoth MÖTLEY CRÜE tour. She was recommended to Cooper by the legendary rocker's former bass player and WINGER frontman Kip Winger.

In October, Nita released a new solo single and accompanying music video, "The Wolf You Feed". The track features a guest appearance by Alissa White-Gluz of ARCH ENEMY.

"The Wolf You Feed" was the second song Nita has released featuring a star guest vocalist, the first being the "Dead Inside" which featured guest vocals from DISTURBED's David Draiman and saw Nita become the first ever solo female to have a No. 1 hit at Active Rock radio. She also returned to her instrumental roots last year with the release of single "Summer Storm", a fast-paced, emotive shred-fest.

As well as performing with Cooper, Nita has also played with R&B star Jermaine Jackson, early MTV darlings FEMME FATALE, video game supergroup CRITICAL HIT and popular tribute band THE IRON MAIDENS.

In April 2020, Nita launched "Rock Guitar Fundamentals" — a three-module online guitar teaching program suitable for learners of all levels. The course is available at

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