Alabama Bone and Joint Clinic is pleased to welcome Holly Scott, CRNP to our practice. Holly is now available for appointments Monday through Friday at our Pelham location.
If you have a painful knee that keeps you from performing even simple activities without discomfort, you may be a candidate for knee replacement surgery. This is a procedure in which the damaged part of the knee joint is removed and the surface shaped to hold a metal or plastic artificial replacement joint. The surrounding ligaments and muscles provide function and support for the replacement. Here is what you can expect after surgery:
1. Your Hospital Stay
2. Physical Therapy Help
3. Precautions to Take After Surgery
- Do not pivot or twist on the leg for at least six weeks
- Keep the knee as straight as you can while in bed
- Avoid kneeling and squatting
Dancing can take a physical toll on your body. Joints and tendons in the knees that can see excessive wear and tear from repetitive movements are especially prone to injury. There are several knee problems to be aware of.
1. Patellofemoral Syndrome
2. Patellar Tendonitis
3. Iliotibial Band Syndrome
When your doctor tells you that you require an arthroscopy, he or she will go over all the details with you in person. However, here are a few basics of the procedure in case you want to familiarize yourself with the treatment beforehand.
What is it?
Why is it Preferred?
Surgery can be stressful for many reasons. The time off work and away from your everyday tasks can take its toll, but physical therapy can help. Physical therapy after surgery is important for many reasons including:
- Restoring normal movement
- Building strength
- Easing pain
- Reduce risk of blood clots
Range of Motion
After surgery, your joint may be stiff or swollen. Physical therapy will help you restore normal movement in your joints and help to build strength in the joint and surrounding muscles. As you use physical therapy to steadily improve range of motion, you will be able to return to work and other normal activities more quickly.
In the days and weeks following surgery, you may feel pain and discomfort in the joint and surrounding area. Physical therapy after surgery can help ease pain and swelling. Just small amounts of rehabilitation at home or with a physical therapist can help with pain and reduce your dependency on pain medications.
Your mobility may be limited after surgery. Physical therapy helps you move the joint and your limbs, which improves your circulation. When you move the affected area and increase blood flow, you help reduce your risk of complications such as blood clots. To learn more about physical therapy and how it can help you after surgery, call Alabama Bone & Joint Clinic in Pelham.