Making the decision to have knee surgery isn’t one that most people make lightly. After all, there are potential complications involved with any type of surgery. Once you’ve made it through the surgery itself, your goal should be to recover as quickly and completely as possible. Many people think they can accomplish this without using post-surgery physical therapy, but there are several issues that can happen if you don’t do physical therapy after knee surgery.
- Decreased joint support
There are many types of knee surgery you can have, and these include things like total joint replacements, partial replacements and joint repair. In all these cases, having strong muscles is vital to support the joint while it’s recovering from surgery. Also, healthy muscles can continue to provide support to the joint after it has recovered. This means that you’re less likely to need more surgery on that knee. However, all this is moot if you don’t do physical therapy after knee surgery. In fact, not doing post-surgery therapy can lead to muscle weakness and decreased joint support.
- Harder to return to normal joint movement
Another issue that not doing physical therapy after knee surgery can cause is a greater difficulty regaining normal knee movement. The knee is designed to bend, twist and flex as you move. When it has a lower ability to make these movements, routine activities like walking become harder. You could also find it more difficult to stand up from a chair and keep your balance while standing still, and you’re likely to have issues with such tasks for a longer period of time if you skip physical therapy.
- Increased pain
Pain and swelling are common symptoms people have after knee surgery, but physical therapy plans can be designed to help decrease these symptoms. Therapeutic exercises can be used to move your knee, and these exercises can be helpful in many ways. For example, these movements are intended to prevent the buildup of scar tissue in the knee that can cause pain.
They can also help the body produce more endorphins, which are a natural pain reliever. Therapeutic exercises are designed to increase blood flow to the joint, and this can help it get more nutrients, oxygen and water and promote faster healing. By not doing physical therapy after knee surgery, you’re giving up all these potential benefits. Also, it’s more likely that your level of pain will be higher as well.
Check out Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation for post-knee surgery physical therapy
Our team at Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation is proud to offer post-surgical physical therapy services for knee surgery patients. We offer complimentary screenings, and this service can help us determine your pain level after surgery and how your healing is progressing. Using information from your screening, our team will build you a personalized therapy plan, and your plan may include therapeutic methods such as:
We can also add pre-surgical therapy to your plan, and this tool can dramatically reduce your post-surgical pain and recovery time.
Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment to begin your pre- or post-surgical therapy with us.