What To Expect With Physical Therapy For Total Knee Replacement
Physical therapy for total knee replacement is a normal course of action. Are you looking at having to have a total knee replacement (TKR) in the near future? Often this happens when the joint has worn down so much over the years that the pain is too much to bear and TKR becomes a good option.
With physical therapy starting within a day after surgery, you will be surprised at how quickly you will begin to heal. In the hospital, you will be visited by a physical therapist, who will help you perform simple tasks after the surgery such as getting out of bed for the first time and beginning to walk. They will guide you on some simple exercises as well to help you bend your knee and regain motion.
In the hospital, physical therapy for total knee replacement will focus on regaining range of motion, improving strength, and preventing blood clots.
Once you leave the hospital, physical therapy will continue at home and/or with the help of an outpatient rehabilitation clinic or physical therapist. Your physical therapist will tailor a program that focuses on continuing to improve range of motion and improving strength. It will also focus on reducing any scarring that could come from your surgery.
If there are stairs in your house, your physical therapist will let you know when and how to go about navigating those.
Your physical therapist wants to help you get back to doing all the things you once loved to do prior to your surgery. Your body has an amazing capacity to heal and with the help of a physical therapist at Fusion Rehab, it will do just that.
Whether the knee pain you are experiencing is leading to a total knee replacement, or it is due to something else such as arthritis pain, you do not have to live with the pain. Physical therapy can be an effective method of healing from a total knee replacement or other knee conditions. The team at Fusion Rehab is here to help.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.