When it comes to having a total knee replacement, most of your time will be spent on your physical rehabilitation, working to regain strength in your leg, learning to walk properly again, and getting the greatest possible range of motion in your knee. surgical.
When it comes to working on your range of motion, this is considered the hardest part of physical rehab due to the level of pain when it comes to flexing and extending the knee.
Some patients will be apprehensive about flexing and extending their knees during physical therapy and will not make the effort to make their knees work as fully as possible.
When this part of the rehabilitation process is not emphasized, many patients may end up with a contracted knee due to the musculature that surrounds the knee and allows long-term chronic pain due to the accumulation of scar tissue.
How do you avoid this? Here are three tips to help you avoid having to go back to the hospital to have your knee manipulated.
Learn to relax. You will find that if you can learn to relax while your rehab professional works on your knee, you will be much more successful in getting the movement necessary for a complete and painless recovery. Trying to resist knee movement during this process only makes it harder for you and more painful. Anxiety is a major problem here, so learning relaxation skills prior to surgery will be beneficial.
Use heat 30 minutes before physical therapy. Yes, you read that right, use heat. Use a large heating pad that has the ability to apply moist heat to your thighs or quadriceps and hamstrings. The heat will allow the muscles and surrounding tissue to become more flexible and allow for greater flexibility within the knee. Just make sure you don’t place the heating pad directly on the knee, this will only increase the swelling and make the knee more difficult to work with.
Think long term success. Think and visualize how your knee flexes and extends correctly and how it will look and feel once you can walk again without pain with a normally functioning knee. You will have to pay a short-term price today to get your knee moving and working smoothly tomorrow. Remember, like many things in life, either pay the price for discipline today or live with the pain of regret tomorrow.
I have worked with knee replacement patients for almost 23 years and have found that those patients who were unwilling to pay the short-term price of allowing their knee to properly rehabilitate due to anxiety or discomfort will have lost the benefit of knee replacement. surgical procedure to begin with, and you don’t fully recover, inviting long-term discomfort down the road.
Written by Richard A Haynes