If you have pain in your knee you may experience difficulty with activities like getting out of a chair, going up or down stairs, and possibly even walking. It is not uncommon to start having other health related problems when your walking is limited. You may start to gain weight and have more difficulty maintaining your blood pressure or sugar as you do less activity.
Knee pain can be the result of arthritis, tendonitis, torn meniscus or torn/sprained ligaments among other possible conditions.
Many people think the only solution is medication, injections or even surgery. However, this is frequently not the case. Many recent studies have found that patients do just as well with physical therapy as with knee surgery.
As a matter of fact, many insurance carriers now insist that people go through physical therapy BEFORE they get additional imaging (MRI, X-ray etc) or treatment. This is because the outcomes are often excellent, without the cost and risk associated with more invasive treatments.
If your knee pain has been holding you back from doing the things you NEED to do, we can help get you back on your feet (yes… pun intended!).
Total Knee Replacement - The prospect of a total knee replacement is scary. The surgery, while short, requires a length and often painful recovery. However, there are some things you can do to improve your chances of a successful outcome as well as improved recovery. We call these the 3 Ps.
- Prehab - This is done BEFORE your surgery. Strengthening the leg and improving your mobility can improve the chance of successful outcome significantly.
- Plan - Know where you plan to do your physical therapy once you are discharged home. This way you can schedule your first outpatient physical therapy appointment in advance and don’t need to delay.
- Participate - Recovery after surgery requires you to be diligent about your therapy and your home exercises. The more consistent you are, the better your recovery process will go