The knee rehabilitation timeline is all about what you can expect after knee replacement surgery. Read on to learn more about taking care. There is close to a million people who will undergo successful knee replacement surgery this year, and if you're one of them, you're about to embark on a journey towards full recovery. That journey will begin with the actual surgical procedure, and it will end when your knee is fully functional again, hopefully better than it has been for years. Surveys show that over 90% of knee replacement patients are glad they had this surgery. But, the phase in between surgery and full recovery is probably the most crucial time of all, because that is when your knee rehabilitation occurs. In fact, in all cases, your period of rehabilitation is at least as important, if not more important than the precise nature of the surgery itself.
Though many of us are guilty of taking it for granted, the knee is the largest joint in the body. It's responsible for many of the common functions we rely on in our daily lives, and a strong knee is an essential part of a healthy, active body. As such, when we undergo knee replacement surgery, recovery takes time. Healing doesn't happen overnight, nor does it happen in a vacuum. The recovery and rehabilitation process play a crucial role in helping you to gain conﬁdence in your new joint. Knee rehabilitation also aims to strengthen your knee and slowly increasing its range of motion and ﬂexibility over time. All of these aspects are absolutely essential if you are to enjoy a better quality of life.
So, what exactly is in store for you after you've had knee replacement surgery? What milestones can you work towards? In this article, we're sharing our knee rehabilitation timeline so you know just what to expect. Timeline for Knee Rehabilitation after Replacement and, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, right? Within 2 hours of your surgery, you'll be taking those ﬁrst tentative steps with the aid of a walker or some crutches.
So, you won't be ready to hop on your bicycle just yet. You'll spend the next couple of days gradually increasing your activities. Physical therapy will start in the hospital and continue at home or in a rehab facility. From there, you will go to for out patient physical therapy clinic for 6 to 8 weeks. At this point, you should be walking without a walker and you'll be relying on minimal assistance for regular tasks and over the coming weeks, your knee will start to get stronger each day. Each person has a different recovery path, but at this point you should be off pain medications too. It is very important to not develop a dependency on pain narcotics and the sooner you resolve to be off them, the better you will be on your road to knee replacement recovery. Also, never drive yourself to physical therapy (or anywhere else) while taking your pain medication.
Exercise is another crucial part of your recovery that helps you regain muscle, range of motion and just feeling good again, possibly better than you have felt in a long time. After all, that is why you had your knee replaced, right? As the weeks pass, you'll be able to take part in low impact activities like walking, golﬁng or bicycling. Bicycling is often recommended by physical therapists and orthopedic surgeons, for many reasons from low impact to slow prolonged stretching, strength building, etc... You can enjoy a bicycle exercise program and you can even aid your recovery by purchasing the Ortho Pedal® This innovative device allows you to install your pedals in different positions to ﬁt your physical needs and range of motion at any given point in the knee rehabilitation process. Then, over time, you can adjust them appropriately as your body slowly improves. Knee problems Begone So, after about twelve weeks, your journey towards recovery should be over. But, even though your knee rehabilitation is complete, your new life has only just begun. Wondering what the Ortho Pedal® can do for you? Reach out and talk to us. We're here to help in any way we can.
Dave Moseley is a Kinesiologist graduate of Penn State University. His passion for helping people exercise and function properly directly relates to the biophysical knowledge he provides on human movement. In addition, Dave has multiple experiences working with personal trainers, strength coaches, physical therapists, chiropractors, clinical nutritionists and doctors of integrated medicine.