Physical therapy plays a very important role in the recovery process after knee replacement surgery. It helps restore strength and range of motion while allowing patients to return to their everyday activities faster.
After knee replacement surgery, you may be encouraged to get on your feet as soon aspossible. Physical therapy – whether at home or with a therapist - plays an important role inensuring your new joint stays in good condition.
The benefits of physical therapy include:
- Building up strength in the muscles that surround and support your new joint
- Improving blood circulation to promote healing
- Reducing pain and swelling
- Restoring normal movement and function
- Speeding up your return to everyday activities.
Depending on your condition, you may either be referred to a physical therapist or you maybe given exercises that you can do by yourself at home. Generally, early mobilization startswith gentle range-of-motion exercises and then moves on to stretching and strengtheningexercise.
Walking is a great exercise to help you recover after knee replacement. Initially, try to walkfor 5 minutes at a time 3-4 times a day. Gradually increase your walking time to 20-30minutes, 2-3 times a day.
As your endurance improves, you can start to add more resistance training exercises tofurther strengthen your muscles, which will take some of the stress off your new knee jointand allow you to perform everyday activities with greater ease.
Our office or your physical therapist will guide you as to the activities that may be performedsafely without damaging your new knee. Stay as active as possible while sticking to theseguidelines to ensure you have a long lasting well-functioning knee joint.
Dr. Frisch is a specialist orthopedic surgeon focusing on minimally invasive hip and kneesjoint replacement as well as complex primary and revision surgery. He believes in creating avery personalized experience with the highest level of service. For all appointments &inquiries, please contact our offices located in Rochester, River District, or Tawas City, MI.