Your Ultimate Guide to Physical Therapy after Total Knee Replacement

Total Knee Replacement (TKR) is a common surgical procedure that improves mobility and reduces pain and stiffness for patients suffering from severe arthritis or knee injury. While the surgery itself is essential, the recovery process is often longer and more challenging. After your surgery, you will spend most of your time with a physical therapist, who will work with you to regain your strength, flexibility, and mobility. In this blog post, we will explore what physical therapy after a Total Knee Replacement entails, how Physical Therapy can help, and what to expect from POSMC.

1. The role of Physical Therapy after Total Knee Replacement surgery:
The primary goal of Physical Therapy after TKR is to help you regain your normal range of motion, strength, and function. A physical therapist will develop a tailored rehabilitation plan that meets your specific needs based on your initial evaluation, overall health, and personal goals. You will go through various exercises and activities to improve circulation, muscle strength, and flexibility. Physical therapy can also help ease pain and prevent swelling, which are common after surgery.

2. Detailed stages of Physical Therapy after Total Knee Replacement Surgery:
Physical Therapy after TKR consists of four stages: acute, sub-acute, controlled rehabilitation, and return to function. During the acute stage, the focus will be on controlling pain, swelling, and inflammation through various modalities. In the sub-acute stage, physical therapy will involve exercises to promote healing and recovery, such as range of motion and strengthening exercises. During the controlled rehabilitation stage, the focus will shift to functional activities such as stairs climbing, and balance drills, and eventually, in the return to function stage, your therapist will work with you to achieve your specific mobility and fitness goals.

3. How POSMC can help with physical therapy after Total Knee Replacement surgery:
At POSMC, our physical therapists have years of expertise in helping patients recover from Total Knee Replacement surgery. We begin with a thorough assessment and evaluation to develop a personalized Physical Therapy plan that suits your needs. Our therapists use advanced techniques and tools such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and hot and cold therapy, among others, to promote healing, reduce pain, and help you return to normal activities as soon as possible. We also emphasize patient education, providing you with detailed instructions, and resources to assist you in your self-care and recovery process.

4. What to expect during physical therapy after Total Knee Replacement surgery:
Physical Therapy requires time, patience, and effort from both the patient and the therapist. You may experience some pain and discomfort during your therapy, but this should not discourage you. Your therapist will help you manage your symptoms and will adjust your plan according to your progress. It is also important to follow your therapist’s instructions carefully, including performing exercises at home, attending appointments regularly, and asking questions whenever you need clarification.

5. Conclusion:
Physical therapy is an integral part of your recovery after a Total Knee Replacement surgery. It can help you regain your mobility, strength, and function, improve your quality of life, and prevent future complications. At POSMC, we are committed to providing you with the best possible care and support throughout your rehabilitation journey. If you or a loved one has recently undergone a Total Knee Replacement, schedule a consultation with our Physical Therapy team at POSMC and start your journey to a pain-free, active life today.


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