Condition of the Month

Total Knee Replacement (Arthroplasty)

Total knee replacements are the most common type of joint replacements. Typically this surgery is performed due to joint damage from long term arthritis, bone disease, or fracture. Surgery is performed by removing the damaged portions of the knee joint and replacing them with artificial parts. Total knee replacements can result in improved ability to walk, complete activities around the house, and reduced pain!

While total knee replacements have proven effective, before receiving the surgery it is important to ask your doctor about non-surgical options such as physical therapy to reduce knee pain or improve function. This may delay or decrease the need of having a total knee replacement.

Physical therapy for this procedure falls into two categories: Prehab (pre-surgical conditioning) and Rehab (post-surgical) .

Prehab is performed prior to surgery and the goal is to increase the physical conditioning of the knee. Improved strength and flexibility of the knee prior to the surgery can produce better results from the surgery.

Rehab is performed after surgery to return you to the lifestyle you were accustomed to prior to the knee injury. Physical therapy goals will be to: improve strength, improve flexibility, increase function, improve balance, address walking with or without assistive devices, training to complete specific tasks, and reduce any knee pain.

If you have any further questions, please contact us where you can speak with one of our Physical Therapists about this condition and how physical therapy can help you!

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