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Prior to your knee surgery it is best to get physical therapy “prehab” to ensure that you are in the best shape for your surgery. During prehab you will be taught exercises to perform after the surgery along with being directed on how to move/walk after the surgery. This time before your surgery may be a great time to focus on weight loss since this will help with your mobility along with your overall health.
Home staging (not the kind shown on HGTV) is a way to set up your home to allow for an easier and safer post op recovery. Home staging is a way of looking at your home and deciding what you could move or add to allow easier mobility. You will want to choose a more convenient place for items you use on a daily basis while you might also move items to allow easy passage and eliminate items that could cause a trip or fall.
In the days following your knee surgery you will have a physical therapist seeing you to show you how to place weight on your knee. The physical therapist will also show you how to use assistance such as crutches or walkers and how to get up or down out of a chair or bed.
You can expect some swelling due to your surgery. E-stim treatments along with cold packs may be used to help with the swelling. E-stim treatment and cold packs may still be needed when you transition to our outpatient physical therapy office.
Attending outpatient physical therapy after a knee surgery is crucial to the rehabilitation of your knee. Increasing strength, range of motion, and balance is the key role of your physical therapist. While keeping up with your appointments regularly and performing all exercises prescribed at home, you may still develop swelling from time to time. Support stockings, elevations, and/or applying ice to your knee should help relieve this swelling.
As your recovery progresses, your physical therapist may add additional exercises and training. These will help bring you to the next level in regards to changes in your surroundings. For example, as ground conditions such as hills, pavement, grass, or other obstacles stand in your path you will want to have the mental awareness of how your knee, legs, and muscles will work together to adjust for these changes. Balance retraining is very important to getting on the road to full mobility.
Early visits to a physical therapy clinic may be able to help delay or prevent your surgery. A physical therapist can develop a personalized exercise program based on your current stage of knee problems. The goal would be to eliminate pain, strengthen your knee, and increase your range of motion. Increasing your exercise and activity levels while getting to, or maintaining, a healthy weight will greatly increase your chances of delaying or preventing a total knee replacement.
Call Allied Physical Therapy today to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online.