By William R. Beach, MD
What to Expect After Surgery
Your surgeon will schedule a follow-up visit within one week after the surgery to assess your healing progress. For common minimally invasive surgeries, such as meniscus tears, you can be back to full activity after three to four weeks of recovery. For a patella realignment, you’ll return within two weeks to unlock the brace before beginning therapy. A full knee replacement usually includes a return visit within three weeks, at which time your surgeon will determine what, if any, additional knee rehabilitation is needed.
A Coordinated Approach to Rehabilitation
Depending on the nature of the injury, your surgeon will work together with an on-site physical therapist to prescribe a therapy regimen designed to improve and strengthen what has been repaired surgically. The surgical procedure will define your post-operative treatment, but in any case, the objective is to improve and maintain range of motion as soon as possible.
Tuckahoe Orthopaedics combines the finest surgical advancements in knee care with a professional staff of licensed physical therapists who offer a coordinated therapeutic program tailored to each patient for the fastest, most effective recovery possible.
Strengthening Exercises to Support Your Knee
Strong leg muscles surrounding your knee help support the joint, so your therapy should include quadriceps-strengthening exercises. At Tuckahoe Orthopaedics, we favor shorter quad-strengthening programs that stress movements that won’t significantly increase the load across the patella-femoral joint. During your rehabilitation, you should avoid leg presses, deep knee bending and leg extension movements that could keep the kneecap painful.
Pool therapy offers an excellent non-weight-bearing alternative for strengthening the muscles around the knee. Once the incision is healed, your physical therapist will schedule pool treatment to tighten your quadriceps. Additionally, electrical stimulation to the muscle tissue may supplement your therapy to improve performance.
Individual Treatment with a Common Goal
At Tuckahoe Orthopaedics, our philosophy is rooted in the understanding that each patient is an individual with unique needs. Our approach toward physical therapy is likewise tailored to suit the individual patient. Full and speedy knee rehabilitation is the goal, and you can be assured that your surgical and therapy teams will provide you all the resources you need to maintain your fitness.
If you’ve suffered a recent knee injury, make an appointment with us today to discuss how you can make a full recovery.