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How much physical therapy is needed after knee replacement? How long should I expect to be in physical therapy after my knee replacement, and how often? .

How much physical therapy is needed after knee replacement? How long should I expect to be in physical therapy after my knee replacement, and how often? .

Depends on progress: Most patients receive physical therapy twice per day while in hospital and then usually 2-3 times per week after discharge from the hospital. Most patients have therapy for approximately 6-8 weeks and the frequency during that time depends on how they are progressing and how devoted they are to home exercise. All patients progress at different rates so some may need a little more or a little less. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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Please help! What is the physical therapy protocole for total hip and total knee replacement?

Please help! What is the physical therapy protocole for total hip and total knee replacement?

Activity progression: Recovery from hip replacement is straight forward. The pain is easily managed with medications and rapidly eases. Most patients can walk with a walker or crutches within hours of the surgery. The muscles in the hip will rapidly regain their function. Specific exercises strengthen the abductor and flexor muscles and can be done at home or with pt. Gait will improve over the next few weeks. ...Read more

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What is the typical physical therapy protocol for total hip and total knee replacement?

What is the typical physical therapy protocol for total hip and total knee replacement?

Strengthening, etc: The cornerstone of therapy protocols following hip and knee replacement centers on gait training and strengthening. Hip replacement patients should focus on walking, abductor and gluteal strengthening, while knee replacement patients should focus on range of motion of the knee, quadriceps strengthening program. ...Read more

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I had a total knee replacement of the left knee and I did not have any physical therapy until a month after. Is that normal?

I had a total knee replacement of the left knee and I did not have any physical therapy until a month after. Is that normal?

Discuss with surgeon: Reasons for this delay in physical therapy. While you may have had medical issues that delayed pt, usually it starts soon after surgery, first post operative day to work on strengthening and avoid issues like knee flexion contractures. Starting this late can cause some functional issues but medical issues would be the priority. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had a total right knee replacement on 11/17/15 after 12wks of healing and therapy numbness from my knee down to my toes told tibial @ pop was nicked?

I had a total right knee replacement on 11/17/15 after 12wks of healing and therapy numbness from my knee down to my toes told tibial @ pop was nicked?

Varies: Numbness is typically a neurological complaint. After a knee replacement, numbness can be related to an aggravation of a nerve in the back, or it can be something more near the knee replacement itself; which is what you are implying when you say the nerve may have been "nicked". A nerve conduction test can usually tell the cause or at least location of the problem. ...Read more

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I had a meniscus repair one yr ago wear a knee brace for instability had physical therapy 3 times constant pain what about knee replacement?

I had a meniscus repair one yr ago wear a knee brace for instability had physical therapy 3 times constant pain what about knee replacement?

Unlikely: Knee replacement is done to treat arthritis of the knee. If you are 33 years old, it is unlikely that you have severe arthritis in your knee unless you had a major trauma in the past or have had multiple surgeries. Knee arthritis is easily diagnosed with a plain x-ray. This is where you should begin to see if you have evidence of arthritis. ...Read more

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Wife having total knee replacement done in a month and will be on ASA versus something like Coumadin, she is an RN and is aware of the risks of Coumadin therapy, but she is unsure if aspirin will reduce the risk of clots as efficiently? Thanks!

Wife having total knee replacement done in a month and will be on ASA versus something like Coumadin, she is an RN and is aware of the risks of Coumadin therapy, but she is unsure if aspirin will reduce the risk of clots as efficiently? Thanks!

Anticoagulation: People at low risk for blood clots usually receive anticoagulation therapy post surgery for 1-2 days. The choice of anticoagulation therapy is usually the ortho surgeon's choice. Individuals are not discharged on anticoagulation medications, so that is probably why aspirin was the chosen protective medication. However, confer with the surgeon to be sure. ...Read more

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Knee pain. Knocked, hyperextended n arthritic knees. 56. Too young for knee replacement. Other treatment options?

Knee pain. Knocked, hyperextended n arthritic knees. 56. Too young for knee replacement. Other treatment options?

Visco sup. Injection: Knee strengthening program which should also include core strengthening plus shock absorbing foot orthoses can be helpful. Also visco supplementation injections (syngvisc or Orthovisc) to help lubricate the joints and if in pain cortisone. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for severe nerve pain that pain meds do not work on? I have had two back surgeries, and knee replacement and still have excruciating stabbing knee pain that I have been told is nerve pain coming from my back. Pain medication an

What is the best treatment for severe nerve pain that pain meds do not work on? I have had two back surgeries, and knee replacement and still have excruciating stabbing knee pain that I have been told is nerve pain coming from my back. Pain medication an

See a pain doctor: Narcotics are not the best medications for nerve pain. There are many better medications. Spinal cord stimulators are used for pain after back surgeries. See an interventional pain physician and they can help come up with a plan. ...Read more

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How important is therapy after a complete knee joint replacement surgery?

How important is therapy after a complete knee joint replacement surgery?

Very: Therapy is critical after replacement to restore your motion and rebuild strength. I would not perform surgery if I felt a patient would not perform or be unable to do therapy afterwards. ...Read more

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Is physio therapy after a complete knee joint replacement surgery imporant?

Is physio therapy after a complete knee joint replacement surgery imporant?

Very important: Therapy is important after knee replacement in order to regain all of your range of motion and in order to work on strengthening the knee so that you can have a normal gait (walk normally without a limp.). ...Read more

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How long will I need physical therapy after a knee joint replacement?

Up to 3 months: Everybody recovers differently after a total knee replacement. The amount of physical therapy is therefore, variable. A usual pt course is anywhere from 4-12 weeks.
The more dedicated the patient is to his/her recovery, the more successful the end result of the surgery will be. ...Read more

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Which would be better for a 70 year old: knee joint replacement or physical therapy?

Which would be better for a 70 year old: knee joint replacement or physical therapy?

Depends: If the knee is severly arthritic and deformed with constant pain no question the knee replacement is by far a better option. Pt does not correct the arthritis, it help to srengh the muscles around the knee, improve the rom and muscles contractures. One is not subtitute for the other, they complement each other. ...Read more

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How important is physio therapy after a complete knee joint replacement surgery?

How important is physio therapy after a complete knee joint replacement surgery?

Extremely important: Physical therapy is crucial for full functional recovery after a total knee replacement. I believe that therapy should start as soon as possible, ideally the day after your surgery. Physical therapy should include soft tissue mobilization, joint mobilization, and strengthening exercises. Finding a skilled physical therapist is key to a complete recovery after receiving your new knee joint. ...Read more

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What is your opinion regarding stem cell replacement therapy for the knee?

What is your opinion regarding stem cell replacement therapy for the knee?

Stem cells for knee: It is still an experimental treatment, where the stem cells from another joint like hip are concentrated in a centrifuge and then injected into knee. Only a hand full of doctors are administering this treatment around us. So far the results have been pretty good. Two third of patients report more than 50% relief, and 40% reported 75% relief. The complete result will be published later this year. ...Read more

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How can I exercise with a total knee replacement?

How can I exercise with a total knee replacement?

With advise: You can exercise after knee replacement, and it is a good idea. The best exercise is that which avoids stress across the knee. Although you want to strengthen the muscles around the knee, you do not want to place undue stresses across the replaced knee. Your orthopedist and your physical therapist can best advise you. ...Read more

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How do I exercise after a total knee replacement?

How do I exercise after a total knee replacement?

Exercise with total: The only major restriction on exercise for total knees is to avoid jogging or running as your aerobic exercise. Jumping and landing exercise are also not great because like jogging, you can cause loosening of the implant from the bone or cement fixation. This also can speed the wear down of the plastic bearings. Bicycles, tai chi, walking, swimming, dancing, golf, tennis, ellipticals are all good. ...Read more

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Does daily exercise postpone the need for knee replacement?

Does daily exercise postpone the need for knee replacement?

Knee pain: Daily exercise can increase endorphins to lower pain, potentially helping with knee arthritis coping. If severe djd, a tka can greatly improve quality of life. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the exercise after total knee replacement surgery?

I was wondering what are the exercise after total knee replacement surgery?

You will do many: Different exercises. However, there are two main areas that a pt will work with you. First, you will need to work on stretching your hamstrings, making sure you get your knee in full extension. The second, which is very close to this, is quadriceps strengthening. Overall gait stabilization is also important. Pre-surgery exercises programs have demonstrated success in better post-surgery outcomes. ...Read more

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How soon after a total knee replacement should someone use an exercise machine?

1st week is okay: As most therapists don't need any machines to perform proper therapy. Manual therapy can achieve excellent results without machines. However, machines can be used as an adjunct to good manual stretching and strengthening programs. Stationary bikes can start early in the first week as the swelling reduces. Weights should be avoided until full extension is gained from your stretching program. ...Read more

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Which type of exercises can a total knee replacement patient do to firm lower body?

Which type of exercises can a total knee replacement patient do to firm lower body?

Stationary bike: I really like the stationary bike as a form of exercise for knee replacement patients. Body weight is eliminated, quad strength is improved and weight can be lost, all at the same time. ...Read more

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Doctor has recommended me knee replacement for both my knees is there any other waty?

Doctor has recommended me knee replacement for both my knees is there any other waty?

Depends: It all depends on your symptoms and your response to conservative treatments such as over-the-counter pain meds, icing, low-impact exercise, weight loss, and knee injections. If all these have failed, you have severe knee pain aggravated by walking, and you have severe arthritis, then your only other option is to live with the pain. ...Read more

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Is walking or riding bike better after knee replacement?

Is walking or riding bike better after knee replacement?

No either or: Remain active and do either one or both. One is not necessarily better than the other. ...Read more

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Could daily exercise prolong the need for knee replacement?

Could daily exercise prolong the need for knee replacement?

Possibly.: If your exercise consists of non-impact activities, such as swimming, biking or walking. Keeping your muscles strong and your body weight down, may delay the need for a knee replacement. You should check with your orthopedic doctor, to make sure these activities are ok for you. ...Read more

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Is it normal for your knee replacement to snap when you put your leg into a frog leg type position?  

Is it normal for your knee replacement to snap when you put your leg into a frog leg type position?  

Clunk: A clunk is common wit hmedial lateral stress avoid strange poistion if they don't have a little medlateralplay then the joints are tight and too stiff makes you appreciate the original. ...Read more

Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Knee Replacement (Definition)

It is when a surgeon removes and exchanges some are all of the componets of your knee. The bottom end of the thigh bone (femur), the upper end of the shin bone (tibia) and the undersurface of ...Read more