Physical Therapy for Total Knee Replacement
What is a total knee replacement?
A total knee replacement is a surgery performed in order to relieve pain and improve function in the knee joint. It is indicated for patients who are suffering from knee pain that is hindering normal, day-to-day activities. Knee replacement is performed by an orthopedic surgeon and it involves the removal of damaged cartilage and bone from the knee joint, followed by the placement of artificial components designed to mimic the function of your natural knee joint. PT after knee replacement surgery is standard protocol for proper post-surgical rehabilitation. Today, many patients are also seeking “prehab” or pre-surgical rehabilitation, in order to increase the likelihood of good surgical outcomes and, in some cases, faster recovery following surgery. Our team is experienced in providing personalized care for patients both before and after total knee replacement.
Why is a knee replacement performed?
The goal of total knee replacement surgery is to improve the function of a patient’s knee joint and to alleviate chronic knee pain. The surgery is only considered if other non-surgical treatment options have failed to improve symptoms. In most cases, a total knee replacement is performed on patients who suffer from one of the following conditions:
- Osteoarthritis of the knee
- Post-traumatic knee arthritis
Do I need PT after knee replacement surgery?
The proper rehabilitation of your knee is a critical aspect contributing to the success of your knee replacement surgery, which almost always involves post-surgical rehab. Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss the best treatment protocol for your needs. Our team of physical therapists has extensive experience in coordinating your physical therapy care in conjunction with your surgical team in order to ensure the best possible outcomes.
When facing a total knee replacement, keep in mind that not all physical therapy clinics are created equal. It is important that you find a qualified physical therapy practice, such as Exchange Physical Therapy Group, that specializes in providing post-surgical total knee replacement physical therapy. At our offices, located in Weehawken, Jersey City and Hoboken we provide our post-surgery patients with personalized recovery plans that address your individual lifestyle needs and help get you back to the activities you love following surgery.