Physical therapy after knee replacement surgery?
If you had a knee replacement surgery then there are high chances that you can roam around easily and feel less pain. A physical therapy is an important part of recovery after a knee replacement surgery. However, it is important to perform the physiotherapy sessions under the supervision of an experienced physiotherapist.
After a surgery, the patient has to spend around one to four nights at hospital to rest. When the patient is discharged, they may opt for rehabilitation facility. At such centres, the physiotherapy sessions are conducted about six days a week for a couple of weeks. The advantage of going to a rehab clinic is that you can perform exercises under the supervision of an experienced professional who will make sure you do your exercises right every day. In case, the patient doesn’t choose to go to a rehab centre that it is recommended to perform physical therapy for several days a week for about 4 – 6 weeks.
Home care after surgery
If the patient goes home directly after the surgery then it is important to keep the following factors in mind:
- Eat healthy: In case you don’t have an appetite after operations, be sure to eat nutritious foods. Your doctor may also suggest you to have iron supplement or fibre-rich foods to lower possible problems with medications.
- Help the wound to heal: do not soak it into water until it is sealed and healed. Also, ask the doctor for advice on when it would be safe for you to take shower after surgery.
- Make knee movements: There are chances that you will get a walking plan that begins after the surgery and slowly makes you stronger. One may also be advised to do PT moves a few times a day after a few weeks of surgery.
PT after a knee replacement surgery will make you stronger. You can expect to do about 20 to 30 minutes of PT 2 to 3 times a day. You may also need to walk for about half an hour at least a couple of time every day. However, the aftercare varies from patient to patient to it is better to consult the orthopaedic experts at PSRI (http://www.psrihospital.com/) to know the suitable aftercare for a particular case.