Effective rehabilitation goes hand in hand when a total knee replacement surgery is your only option. Physical therapy is a crucial component that can make the outcome of your surgery a success.
A physical therapist will examine your lifestyle and rehabilitation needs in order to provide a personalized movement exercise regimen. He or she will assist you in going through each healing stage, with the first being the regaining of motion at the knee joint. While you must initially keep your knee as straight as possible, you will regain the ability to bend throughout the physical therapy process.
The next step involves the physical therapist assisting you through the stages of improved walking. In the beginning, you will need the assistance of a walker or a cane, but over time the physical therapist will help you improve your walking and posture so you will be able to walk on your own.
The physical therapist’s overall goal is to re-build your strength and increase your flexibility. This will help you heal as well as increase your comfort during the process.
If your lifestyle before surgery involved sports or physically demanding work, it is important to communicate this information to your physical therapist, as he or she will be able to tailor the sessions in order to get you healed enough to return to these activities.
The physical therapist will create an exercise regimen for you to complete at home in order to assist with pain relief as well as to continue the healing process when not in a session. It is important to follow the physical therapist’s recommendations as missteps can lead to setbacks in the healing process.
After a physical therapist has assessed your physical condition in conjunction with your lifestyle factors, he or she will provide you with the most efficient and effective recovery.
Did you know that you have Direct Access to Physical Therapy? No referral is needed. We offer the best Physical Therapy on Long Island where you can get help from our trusted and expert Physical Therapists. We have several locations on Long Island including Massapequa, Valley Stream, Wantagh, and Lindenhurst. To start your Physical Therapy evaluation, call Park Physical Therapy and The Physical Therapy Alliance at (516) 568-4444.