- You are not alone. There are over 600,000 knee replacement surgeries performed yearly & growing in the United States. In fact it is projected by 2030, over 3 million will have this procedure done. It’s growing, and not going away. Look around in the clinic & at any point, I bet you there will be others going through the same aches & pains. Talk to them, complain together, unite. Just not against the therapy staff please…
- It’s a process… By the time you reach our clinic or what is known as the outpatient phase, you will know that we (PT’s) want you to walk. (even on the day of surgery…ouch). It will take time to get your walking or “gait” pattern normalized, but with practice you will improve.
- Motion, motion, motion. You can strengthen all the muscles you want, but it’s spinning your wheels until you have functional motion. We will focus on the primary movements of your knee, bending/ “flexion” & straightening/“extension”. Most think the bending is more important, but actually your straightening is more critical. This allows you to walk without a limp, thus keeping your joints aligned for walking/mobility. For a visual think of an axle on your vehicle… Without your wheels rotating on it properly, your car will not drive smoothly.
- Home exercise program= adult homework… And you thought you escaped homework years ago… Nope, it’s up to you to do your program at home as instructed by your PT. If you don’t understand it, just ask your therapist to clarify. You’re in the clinic 3-4 hours at most a week, leaving you at home roughly oh say… 164-165 hours. I know you will leave home to go do something, I’m not that harsh. But you do the math….
- You will have ups & downs… With time, your overall pain, function, stiffness, & general comfort will improve. That doesn’t go without being said you will have good days, & not so good days. See the light at the end of the tunnel, & keep perspective on how far you’ve come.
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