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Home Physical Therapy Broken Knee
Just had mako plasty on my left knee 5 days ago, released home after 3rd day, do I need physical therapy right away?
Call your ORS: These are fairly routine instructions and d/c planning done after knee reconstruction procedures. If you did not receive post- operative pt instructions as outpatient then call your ors office and inquire.Most all ors would want you to begin or continue pt @ outpatient clinic after your hospital stay. Best of luck! ...Read more
No health insurance and I was refurred to physical therapy for my knee sprain. Can I do my own therapy at home by looking up workouts online?
Better for PT: It is pretty easy to make mistakes or accidentally cheat on doing stretches and also easy to misdiagnose yourself and do the wrong stretches, or do the right stretches poorly when looking things up on the internet. Even if you have to pay out of pocket, better to see pt 1-2 times to get it right. Just make clear in advance what your finance limitations are and goals for the session to limit cost. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
May Not Be Able To.: It is not always possible to get other people to do things they don't want to do. You can make the suggestion to go, offer to go with him, do the home exercises with him, etc. Sometimes making it into or tying it to a social activity, will increase their desire to participate. Check out local adult centers and fitness groups. Whatever his decision, be supportive. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Minimal needed: Most people should require only minimal therapy. My patients get 2-3 weeks of home therapy with isometric quad sets, straight leg raises if no back problems, short distance walking and stationary bike can start at 2-3 weeks. No aggrresive therapy that hurts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Quadriceps strength: Weak knees usually refer to weak quadriceps. Simple straight leg raises and wall sits are great exercises you can do under he supervision of a therapist as well as on your own between therapy visits. Stationary bikes, swimming, short arc squats, leg extension against resistance are all additional exercises often used to strengthen the quadriceps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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