Physiotherapy in Knee Replacement: Your Path to a Stronger and Pain-Free Future

July 23, 2023
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Knee replacement, also known as knee arthroscopy, is a life-changing procedure that brings relief to those suffering from arthritis and osteoporosis, particularly in the geriatric age group. As the condyles of the knee joint are replaced with metal implants, the procedure aims to restore mobility and improve the quality of life. However, the journey to a successful knee replacement doesn’t end with surgery; it continues with the vital role of physiotherapy.

Understanding Knee Replacement

Knee pain resulting from arthritis and osteoporosis can severely impact daily life, making walking, sitting, and bending painful and challenging. In severe cases, where arthritis reaches its fourth stage, doctors may recommend knee replacement surgery. The surgery can be total or partial, depending on the extent of damage.

The Importance of Physiotherapy Before Surgery

Prior to undergoing knee replacement surgery, physiotherapy plays a crucial role in preparing patients for a smoother recovery. Physiotherapy sessions are aimed at maintaining muscle strength, which significantly contributes to the post-operative healing process. Moreover, certain lifestyle modifications, such as avoiding cross-legged sitting, prolonged knee bending, and excessive stair climbing, are suggested by physiotherapists to minimize joint damage.

Post-Operative Physiotherapy Rehabilitation

After successful knee replacement surgery, the real work begins with post-operative physiotherapy rehabilitation. Patients are gradually ambulated with the help of ambulatory devices like walkers and sticks, under the careful guidance of physiotherapists. The use of cryotherapy to reduce pain and inflammation is a common practice during this phase. Mild knee isometric exercises are introduced to improve muscle strength and support the knee joint.

Benefits of physiotherapy post knee replacement Surgery

Undergoing knee surgery is a significant step towards regaining mobility and improving your quality of life. However, the journey to a full recovery doesn’t end with the surgical procedure alone. Post-knee surgery physiotherapy at home plays a crucial role in accelerating healing, rebuilding strength, and ensuring a successful rehabilitation process. Let’s explore the remarkable benefits of receiving physiotherapy at home after knee surgery.

Personalized Care: Home physiotherapy offers one-on-one attention and personalized care from skilled therapists. Salamati  physiotherapist tailors the rehabilitation program to meet your specific needs and adapts the treatment plan based on your progress, ensuring optimal recovery.

Convenience and Comfort: After surgery, the comfort of home becomes invaluable. Physiotherapy at home eliminates the need to travel to a clinic or hospital, allowing you to focus on recovery in the familiar surroundings of your home. Salamati Team is ready to go to you wherever you are at home, hotel, gym or office. Our Team cover both Dubai and Sharjah.

Early Mobilization: Home physiotherapy enables early mobilization,  Salamati’s physiotherapists can start rehabilitation promptly after surgery. This helps prevent joint stiffness, promotes blood circulation, and enhances the healing process.

– Reducing Pain : Salamati Skilled physiotherapists employ various techniques to manage post-surgery pain effectively. Through targeted exercises and manual therapies, they help alleviate discomfort, allowing you to focus on your recovery without unnecessary agony. Sometimes Dry needling and cupping can be utilize as well to manage pain in addition to ultrasound therapy.

Strengthening Muscles: Post-knee surgery physiotherapy focuses on strengthening the muscles surrounding the knee joint. Tailored exercises help rebuild muscle strength, stability, and range of motion, leading to improved mobility.

Gait Training: Learning to walk properly after knee surgery is essential to prevent any future gait abnormalities. Salamati’s Physiotherapists provide gait training to help you walk safely and confidently, reducing the risk of falls and improving your overall posture.

Flexibility Enhancement: Physiotherapy sessions include stretching exercises to enhance flexibility in the knee joint and surrounding muscles. This improves joint mobility and reduces the risk of stiffness and muscle imbalances.

Home Safety Assessment: Physiotherapists assess your home environment and provide valuable recommendations to create a safe space for your recovery. They advise on modifications or assistive devices that may be needed to facilitate your daily activities.

Preventing Complications: Through early detection and intervention, physiotherapists can prevent potential complications that may arise after knee surgery. Salamati team monitor your progress closely, identifying any concerns and addressing them promptly.

Motivation and Emotional Support: Recovering from knee surgery can be challenging, both physically and emotionally. Salamati Home physiotherapists provide motivation, encouragement, and emotional support throughout your rehabilitation journey, boosting your confidence and determination.

– Continuity of Care from Discharge to home: Once discharged, patients receive continued physiotherapy care at home. Home healthcare teams, ensure patients receive the necessary support until stitches are removed, pain is reduced, and full knee range of motion is achieved. Emphasis is placed on knee range of motion and gait training during this time, allowing patients to practice stair climbing and improve daily activities.

Salamati’s post knee replacement Journey

The duration and timings may vary to patient to patient depending upon the rehabilitation plan made by the therapist for the patient after the assessment of the strength of the patient muscles.

Once the patient gets discharged few sessions of physiotherapy is given by the home healthcare team physiotherapist until unless the stitches are out or the pain reduces and full knee range of motion is gained so that the patient can go to the rehabilitation centre .the main focus in home rehab is the knee range of motion and the gait training in this duration patient can also do stair climbing .

Once the stitches are out the line of treatment changes the exercises or the rehabilitation program becomes intense and the therapist starts including TheraBand for resistance training so that the strength can be improved more and gradually shift the resistance to weights .

The main focus of the therapist is to strengthen the muscle groups that surrounds the knee joint like quadriceps, hamstrings and calf . The initial training of these muscles can be done by minimum weights like 1kg and then progressing to 2kg ,3kg depending on the improvement the patient is showing during the course of treatment .During this process only the therapist includes static cycling it can be included early in the protocol depending upon the assessment .

Balance and proprioception training are crucial components of the rehabilitation process. Therapists employ exercises like walking on a single line and single-leg standing, with minimal assistance, to improve balance and stability. Some may incorporate innovative tools like Bosu balls to challenge patients further.

Addressing Lower Back Ache

Occasionally, patients may experience lower backache during rehabilitation. Salamati’s dedicated therapists provide specific exercises and modalities to address this discomfort, ensuring a holistic recovery. Our  Physiotherapy team manage back pain with proper posture, gentle exercises, and home modifications. those are essential elements in addressing lower back discomfort.

Conclusion

Physiotherapy is a vital component of knee replacement, from pre-operative preparations to post-operative rehabilitation. With Salamati expert home care and guidance patients can embark on a journey to a stronger, pain-free future.

By embracing physiotherapy, patients gain the confidence to walk, move, and live life to the fullest, reclaiming their mobility and independence with each step. Together, with Salamati’s compassionate support, you can pave the way to a brighter and healthier tomorrow, free from knee discomfort.



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