Physical Therapy Before and After Knee Replacement Surgery
Knee replacement is a common surgery for those who suffer from various conditions, including arthritis, injury, unusual bone growth, gout, and deformity. To improve your knee replacement outcome, medical professionals highly recommend physical therapy both before and after your procedure.
Benefits of Physical Therapy
Physical therapy plays a vital role in not only preparing you for your knee replacement surgery but also in helping you recover post-op. The benefits of physical therapy, both pre- and post-op include:
- Restores normal movement in your new join post-op.
- Builds up the muscle/strength in the joint and surrounding muscles.
- Improves blood circulation, which is critical pre-op and through your procedure.
- Eases pain and swelling in the area.
Physical therapy comprises various treatment methods, such as chiropractic care, stretching, and minor exercises to help with your overall range of motion, ease pain, and build up your endurance levels.
Each of these sessions will typically last 20-30 minutes and may be paired with various chiropractic adjustments to ensure your body’s aligning properly. They may also be paired with massage therapy to increase blood circulation and help relax any tension you may be experiencing.
Physical Therapy Before and After Knee Replacement
It’s crucial to point out that, before any surgical procedure, you must stay as active as you can. This is especially important for those preparing for knee replacement surgery because it helps to strengthen the muscles around the knee, which will later aid in your recovery post-op.
Having that strength ahead of time will help jumpstart your knee replacement post-op recovery because you won’t have to work nearly as hard to build up that muscle – it’s already there. This will help increase your ability to perform post-op physical therapy with less pain during and after your sessions.
Physical Therapy in Athens, Ohio
Knee replacement surgery can seem rather intimidating, and the team at Carey Chiropractic and Bobcat Physical Therapy understand just how overwhelming it can be. Our team of professionals is ready to help you out with any of your physical therapy needs, both pre- and post-operation.
Have a question about physical therapy options before or after knee replacement surgery? Then contact us today or call our office at (740) 593-5511.