Since the first procedure was performed back in 1968, knee replacement surgery has become relatively common. The procedure can help patients with severe knee arthritis get back into physical activity. In this article, we are going to offer some physical rehabilitation information and tips for patients recovering from knee replacement surgery.
Knee Replacement Procedure
There are several reasons why a knee replacement procedure may be the best form of treatment, but the most common is arthritis (particularly osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and post-traumatic arthritis).
The knee replacement procedure itself is performed under general anesthesia. The orthopedic surgeon then removes any damaged bone and cartilage in the knee before inserting metal plates and plastic spacers. Knee replacement surgery can significantly improve a person’s mobility and range-of-motion in the long run. However, in the short-term after a knee replacement procedure, the patient may experience significant pain and decreased functionality.
Physical Therapy after Knee Replacement
Knee replacement surgery introduces completely new materials into your body. In addition to healing the surgical incisions, your body needs time to adjust to these new materials that make up your new knee. It can be a painful process, but physical therapy is key to decreasing post-op pain and boosting your range-of-motion in the knee. A physical therapist who specializes in knee rehabilitation can walk you through various stretches and exercises that will help your body acclimate to the new knee and get you moving in no time.
The team at OrthoRehab Specialists consists of skilled Minnesota physical therapists that have been treating patients throughout the state for over twenty five years. Our rehabilitation specialists offer direct access to care and have existing relationships with many orthopedic surgeons who routinely refer their patients to us for post-operative care following a knee replacement. Contact our Edina or Minneapolis physical therapy clinics today to set up your very own appointment with one of our experienced rehabilitation professionals.