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Why do I need physical therapy before my knee surgery?

Why do I need physical therapy before my knee surgery?

Strengthening: You want to have as much muscle mass and strength prior to surger as possible. You also want as much joint mobility as possible. Thise will put you ahead after the surgery and the rebuilding of the knee function. ...Read more

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Dr. Amanda Itzkoff
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Knee Surgery (Definition)

Knee surgery may be done for congenital, traumatic or degenerative causes. Arthroscopy is a common method for treating cartilage and ligament problems. Open surgeries are commonly performed for fractures. Knee joint replacement may be done in (usually) older individuals with knee joint arthritis that impairs their daily function and which is not ...Read more


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How long after ACL knee surgery do I need physical therapy?

How long after ACL knee surgery do I need physical therapy?

About 3 months: Most patients require around 3 months of therapy to recover from this surgery. The first month is focused on regaining range of motion and gait training, followed by a program of hamstring and quadriceps strengthening. By 3 months, most patients can do a home program to continue to strengthen their knees or more sport specific rehabiliation. ...Read more

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Is it ok not to seek physical therapy after knee surgery?

Is it ok not to seek physical therapy after knee surgery?

Physical therapy-Yes: Physical therapy is routinely recommended for most patients after undergoing knee surgery from arthroscopy to knee replacement. Trained and licensed physical therapists can help guide the rehabilitation process based upon guidance from your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had knee surgery in 2003 n didn't do physical therapy and i'm a runner my leg is still a lot weaker than my left?Can i make it as strong as my left

I had knee surgery in 2003 n didn't do physical therapy and i'm a runner my leg is still a lot weaker than my left?Can i make it as strong as my left

Possibly: It all depends on what kind of knee surgery you had back then. Was the cartilage injured, was there a meniscal tear, etc. If it is just a strength issue then yes you can rehab. ...Read more

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My sister had arthoscopic knee surgery one week ago. What should the expectation be for recovery and physical therapy?

My sister had arthoscopic knee surgery  one week ago. What should the expectation be for recovery and physical therapy?

Quite variable: This will depend upon what type of surgery you had. Simple procedures such as a partial meniscectomy may require no therapy at all, whereas surgery to reconstruct a ligament injury may involve many weeks of formal therapy and months of strengthening and recovery. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with plica syndrome. Had physical therapy for 3 months...knee still hurts. Should I consider surgery?

Diagnosed with plica syndrome. Had physical therapy for 3 months...knee still hurts. Should I consider surgery?

Possibly.: Surgery is possible. But make sure that you're being treated by a sports medicine orthopedic knee surgeon, who can make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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My knee is grinding and clicking & locking. i already had one surgery. i've tried physical therapy, injections, exercises, meds. what can i do next. ?

My knee is grinding and clicking & locking. i already had one surgery. i've tried physical therapy, injections, exercises, meds. what can i do next. ?

See details: This is a tough one as you want to avoid repeated arthroscopic procedures. However, locking is a concern. I would suggest an orthopedic reevaluation and a new MRI to start. You can always get more than one opinion. ...Read more

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Does a high grade partial tear or the medial retinaculum in the knee require surgery or is physical therapy a better option?

Therapy 1st: If u have dislocated your patella and injured the medial patellofemoral ligament( retinaculum) then physical therapy to strengthen the quads is a good first choice. If your patella continues to 'slip' or dislocate despite aggressive vmo strengthening/patellar brace then see a board certified ors . Surgical procedures ( including repair/ reconstruction of mpfl) can be discussed. Gl! ...Read more

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Chondromalacia patella for around 4 months, physical therapy did not help, some options to help the knee get better without surgery?

Chondromalacia patella for around 4 months, physical therapy did not help, some options to help the knee get better without surgery?

Consider Surgery: Conservative management of Chondromalacia patella includes icing, taping, bracing, and exercise to stabilize your patella. If PT with exercise and icing/taping did not help,an Orthopaedic Surgeon can evaluate you for patella alta or baja, put a camera into your knee to look for a plica, remove damaged cartilage, and give an expert opinion of your biomechanical foot/knee/patellar alignment. ...Read more

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I had surgery on my knee one yr I have to wear a knee brace cause of instability had physical therapy 3 times in constant pain what about knee replace?

I had surgery on my knee one yr I have to wear a knee brace cause of instability had physical therapy 3 times in constant pain what about knee replace?

See details: What surgery was done? That info would help me to provide a more specific answer. Something is obviously wrong. Get the knee reevaluated and do not be afraid to get a 2nd opinion. ...Read more

Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Physiotherapy (Definition)

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