November 23, 2020 Physical Therapy of Milwaukee

Total Knee Replacement

Firstly, a total knee replacement involves replacing damaged joint surfaces with hardware. This surgical procedure is a vital solution for individuals suffering from severe knee joint issues. It provides relief from pain and restores mobility. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the world of total knee replacement surgery. We’ll also explore the crucial role of physical therapy in the journey to recovery.


What are the precautions after my total knee replacement?

After undergoing a total knee replacement, it’s important to observe certain precautions to ensure a successful recovery and prevent complications. These precautions typically include avoiding activities such as squatting, making quick pivots, using pillows to prop up the knee while in bed, and sitting in low positions. These precautions are crucial for protecting the newly replaced knee joint, minimizing the risk of dislocation, and promoting proper healing. Consequently, by adhering to these guidelines provided by your healthcare team, you can optimize your recovery and regain mobility with confidence.


How do I know if I’m a good candidate for a knee replacement?

Some indications for knee replacements are severe joint pain which causes functional limitations to their activities of daily living, destruction of articular cartilage, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis.  instability or limited motion, severe deformity (such as excessive knee varus or valgus), or potentially due to failure of previous surgery. Always consult with your physician first to see if you are a good candidate for a knee replacement.  


What would my rehabilitation process look like after a knee replacement?

The main, number one goal, after receiving a knee replacement is re-gaining range of motion at the knee joint. Initially, exercises would consist of increasing circulation around the knee joint to prevent blood clots. Moreover, other interventions would consist of gait training, use of assistive device, if applicable, strengthening and patellar mobilizations to decrease scar tissue build up.