It might be considered unusual if you don’t know someone who has had to have surgery for a total knee replacement (TKR). These days, it’s not a highly abnormal operation for individuals who are over the age of 55. TKR surgery is recommended when knee pain, limited motion and a very hard time walking are caused by severe arthritis.
If you will be undergoing a TKR, you will surely benefit from post-surgical physical therapy, which will help you reclaim normal mobility. You’ll be able to get back to enjoying the physical activities that the severe arthritis denied you.
When you need physical therapy after a total knee replacement, rely on the office of Therapeutics Unlimited. Our focus is on compassionate and excellent care in helping and healing. Our physical therapists are experts in their field and know exactly how to make your recovery steady and effective.
If your surgeon hasn’t given you a specific post-operative protocol—a framework on which to build your rehabilitation program—then your physical therapist will ensure that your progress is successful and timely. He (or she) will help you understand his physical rehab ways and means.
As your surgical incision mends, your therapist will start to gently massage it, which will help it and the surrounding tissue become more malleable and functional. By the third week following your surgery, your knee will be put through more exercises to improve its range of motion. By the end of the sixth week, your knee should be able to bend about 100 degrees. Your physical therapist might also want to introduce neuromuscular electrical stimulation, which improves your quadriceps’ muscular activation. A solid regime of physical therapy is crucial to the recuperation of your knee.
The office of Therapeutics Unlimited takes your recovery just as seriously as you do. We take the time to answer your questions and discuss the treatment options that would benefit you the most. We want you to get back to your normal life as much as you do. Please call us to schedule an appointment.