05 Jan Physical Therapy Before, During, and After Knee Replacement Surgery
Total knee replacement surgery is when the ends of the thigh and shin bones are replaced with artificial parts in order to correct damage done to the knee. It is often performed when damaged has rendered daily activities undoable due to pain. Physical therapists work with knee replacement patients through the entire process of surgery and recovery. Here are just a few ways a physical therapist can help you in your recovery process.
When you and your orthopedic surgeon decide total knee replacement is the best thing for you, a physical therapist’s first job is to prep you for surgery. Typically the better physical shape you are in before surgery the better your results will be after surgery, especially in the short term. Physical therapists will teach you flexibility and strengthening exercises you can do to prepare your body for surgery. They will also discuss precautions you can take around your home to prepare for your arrival from the hospital. These home adaptations usually include things such as removing loose rugs and setting a chair in the shower to make entering and exiting the tub easier. They will also address health problems that can prevent you from recovering quickly such as obesity. Focusing on weight loss prior to surgery can help ensure a quicker, easier recovery.
At the hospital
After The surgery has taken place, you’re likely to spend 2-3 days in the hospital recovering. If you have a health condition like heart disease or diabetes, the stay may be longer. During this time, a physical therapist will encourage you to put as much weight on your knee as you are comfortable with. They will show you how to get in and out of your bed safely and will help you practice walking with crutches or with a walker. They will also encourage you to perform flexibility and strengthening exercises you learned before your surgery and give you advice on how to control swelling to help your incision heal.
After total knee replacement surgery, proper rehabilitation is necessary in order for you to recover properly. We can help you regain the strength, flexibility, and range of motion you had before your knee began giving you problems. We will design a rehab program tailored to your needs, goals, and activity level. Soon you will be able to walk freely and without pain! If you would like to learn more about knee replacement surgery and the services we offer regarding it, call us at (662) 282-4949 to make an appointment!