The knee is the most commonly replaced joint in the body.
A total knee replacement (TKR) is usually performed when people have knee damage due to fracture or bone diseases like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. When knee pain or alignment problems are adversely affecting walking or performing daily tasks, you could be a candidate for a knee replacement. The decision to have your knee replaced is one that you should make in consultation with your orthopedic surgeon and your physical therapist.
How physical therapy helps before and after a total knee replacement
As with other surgeries, pre and post operative physical therapy can help you achieve better outcomes and reduce your recovery times. Before a TKR, your Step & Spine physical therapist will teach you exercises
Some common back surgeries include:
- Spinal fusion
- Disc Replacement
Goals of physical therapy after back surgery
The expert guidance and personalized exercise plans you’ll receive from your Step & Spine physical therapist will help control your pain and rebuild strength following spine surgery. After meeting initial pain management goals, we’ll focus on rebuilding muscles that may have been weakened by the surgery or lack of physical activity before and after your operation. We want to help you prevent any additional operations or injuries, helping you get the most out of your procedure.
Whether you are considering or planning for back surgery, we’re here for you.
Call or visit one of our three Central Oregon locations to talk to one of our physical therapists about your back surgery.