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What to expect after knee surgery

February 6th, 2019
What to Expect After Knee Surgery

You may not know exactly what to expect after your knee surgery, but one thing you shouldn’t skip is post-surgical physical therapy. Luckily, there’s a physical therapy team that can help you get the physical therapy you need following your knee surgery.

Our therapy team at Rehab Access has been working with patients in the Gretna and Belle Chasse, Louisiana areas for the past 20 years. We have worked with patients after many types of surgery, so we are experienced in providing proven techniques that help restore strength and mobility to the body after a procedure. Come see us prior to your knee surgery so we can create a customized physical therapy plan that will walk you through exactly what to expect during your rehabilitation period, as well as give you the best possible outcome for recovery.

Three benefits of using physical therapy after a knee surgery

What you can expect after knee surgery varies greatly depending on if you seek out post-surgical physical therapy. The physical therapy practices we recommend after knee surgery are evidenced-based, which means they have been scientifically proven to help the body heal after surgery and to restore strength to the surgery site.

While there are a number of benefits you can expect by regularly doing physical therapy after a knee surgery, here are three of the most common benefits our patients experience:

  •      Reduced muscular atrophy Muscle atrophy is a condition where your muscles become smaller and weaker than normal. This condition is caused by not using your muscles for an extended period of time. This could become a problem for you if you don’t move your leg muscles for weeks after your knee surgery. That is why our physical therapy services focus on getting your muscles moving in a safe, restorative way after knee surgery. Our goal is to help improve your strength and reduce your risk of muscular atrophy.
  •      Limited risk of developing blood clots Blood clots are gel-like clumps of blood, and they may cause serious problem, including death, if they travel to the wrong part of your body. One benefit of our physical therapy plan is that it focuses on reducing your risk of developing blood clots from staying stationary for too long. Our programs are designed to get you moving, which is ideal for reducing your risk of blood clots and other health factors after surgery.
  •      Lower risk of scar tissue developing Excess scar tissue in your joint may cause your joint to tighten and lose its mobility. This can make it more difficult for you to walk, sit, and stand. However, we can build a therapy plan for you that may help to reduce the scar tissue in your knee after your surgery.

Our team at Rehab Access recommends you set up your post-surgical therapy with us before you even have your surgery. We can be proactive about making sure you receive the right treatment for your postsurgical goals, and you can go into your procedure knowing what to expect for your recovery.

Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial consultation.