Have you recently undergone knee replacement surgery or an arthroscopic procedure to repair a torn meniscus or ACL? Chances are good that your doctor has referred you to a physical therapist for your recovery. Do not brush this off! Adhering to a strict physical therapy routine can be crucial part of your recovery following a knee operation. Physical therapy can help you strengthen both your repaired joint and the surrounding muscles, allowing you to minimize your recovery time and return to an active lifestyle more quickly than normal.
Physical therapy can help your knee in the following ways:
- Restore a normal range of motion
- Reduce swelling and pain
- Aid circulation and avoid blood clots
- Minimize development of scar tissue
It is important to remember that undergoing surgery is only half the battle towards regaining function in your knee. While it is your doctor’s job to diagnose and repair your injury, it is the job of a physical therapist to improve your feeling and function in the affected area.
Elements of Post-Knee Surgery Rehabilitation
Depending on the type of operation you have undergone, your post-surgery rehab will likely involve a combination of stretches, exercises, massage therapy, and hot and cold therapy. By working in tandem with your doctor’s recommendations, a physical therapist can help you establish create a custom-tailored exercise regimen aimed at improving your strength and getting you back on your feet. Exercises often start out with simple walking and heel raises and gradually escalate over time to involve balancing exercises, bicycling on a stationary bike, or swimming.
Contact ProFysio Physical Therapy Today
If you are recovering from knee surgery, the fellowship-trained Monmouth County physical therapists at ProFysio Physical Therapy can help you establish a custom exercise routine aimed at regaining your mobility and getting you back to your life as quickly as possible. We accept most insurance plans!
Call us today at (732) 333-6360 or schedule a free consultation to get started.