What should I expect during my recovery?
When you begin your Physical Therapy at Gemini Physical Therapy Spine & Sports Rehabilitation, our first few Physical Therapy treatments are designed to help control the pain and swelling from the surgery. We will also work with you to make sure you only put a safe amount of weight on the affected leg.
With the exception of those who undergo a simple debridement, our patients will be instructed to avoid putting too much weight on their foot when standing or walking for up to six weeks. This gives the area time to heal. Our patients treated with an allograft are often restricted in their weight bearing for up to four months.
We strongly advise you to follow our recommendations about how much weight is safe. You may require a walker or pair of crutches for up to six weeks to avoid putting too much pressure on the joint when you are up and about.
Depending on the type of surgery, our Physical Therapist may have you use a continuous passive motion (CPM) machine to help your knee begin to move and to alleviate joint stiffness. This machine is used after many different types of surgery involving joints and is usually started immediately after surgery. The machine straps to the leg and continuously bends and straightens the joint. This continuous motion has been shown to reduce stiffness, reduce pain, and help the joint surface heal better with less scarring.
Your Physical Therapist will choose exercises to help improve knee motion and to get your muscles toned and active again. At first, we will place emphasis on exercising the knee in positions and movements that don't strain the healing part of the cartilage. As your program evolves, we will choose more challenging exercises to safely advance the knee's strength and function.
Ideally, patients will be able to resume their previous lifestyle activities. Some patients may be encouraged to modify their activity choices, especially if an allograft procedure was used.
At Gemini Physical Therapy Spine & Sports Rehabilitation, our goal is to help you keep your pain under control, ensure safe weight bearing, and improve your strength and range of motion. When your recovery is well under way, regular visits to our office will end. Although we will continue to be a resource, you will be in charge of doing your exercises as part of an ongoing home program.
Gemini Physical Therapy Spine & Sports Rehabilitation provides services for Physical Therapy in Merrimack Valley.
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