The days, weeks, and months following a surgical procedure are extremely important. The actions you take will have a direct impact on the success of your recovery. In this article, we offer 5 tips for optimal recovery following a total knee replacement procedure.
A Straight Knee is a Stable Knee
I teach all my patients who are about to undergo or recently completed a total knee replacement this slogan. Many patients are worried about the ability to bend their knee, which is important. However, the primary mobility goal is get the knee straight!
Pump that Ankle
Getting your foot and ankle moving as soon as possible after surgery not only helps prevent blood clots, but also is crucial for getting back to walking and stair climbing.
Work those Hips
Building and maintaining hip mobility and strength is crucial to reduce excess stress at the knee.
Set a Schedule
Getting motivated to move a knee that just had surgery can be challenging. You don’t have to commit to doing all your home exercises at once. Set a daily schedule for yourself to avoid feeling overwhelmed
Want to be able to walk around the lake this summer? Booked a trip to hike machu picchu? Can’t wait to get on the floor to play with your grandkids? Let your physical therapist know your goals so you can work together to achieve them.
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