Diseases of the knee joint are widespread throughout the world. With age, the likelihood of developing pathology increases. The prevalence of arthritis, osteoporosis and other problems is at its highest in people over 45. A person partially loses his ability to work, is limited in movement, feels pain. All this significantly reduces the quality of life. Post knee surgery will help in complete recovery of patients normal life style. After the intervention, physical therapy is required under the guidance of a physician.

Risk factors

Knee diseases are not limited to the elderly. The likelihood of injury is high among athletes, heavy physical workers. Risk factors:

  • genetic disorders, hereditary diseases;
  • developmental disorders;
  • overweight;
  • elderly age;
  • surgical interventions on the joints;
  • menopause;
  • high physical activity;
  • injury.

The operation is indicated when conservative methods no longer help. The joint was significantly destroyed, and deformation occurred. The patient experiences pain when walking and even at rest. After surgery, the role of physiotherapy is especially important. Recovery takes longer and harder without the help of a physiotherapist.

Postoperative recovery technologies

Recovery after surgery includes several areas. Diagnostics of the functional state and corrective procedures are required. These include physiotherapy, manual therapy, exercise therapy, sensory information technology, acupuncture.

After the operation, the leg needs to be developed again. During the illness, the muscles weakened, they need to regain strength and elasticity. Moderate exercise under the supervision of a physiotherapist will help prevent blood clots, accelerate healing and restore the range of motion of the knee joint. It is necessary to exclude running, contact sports, weight lifting.

A physical therapist can prescribe exercises on simulators, procedures. With strict adherence to the recommendations of the attending physician, more than 90% of patients return to active life after surgery.

How physiotherapy works

The postoperative treatment plan necessarily includes dosed physical activity. It is necessary to re-develop the movements in the knee, learn to walk correctly. Postoperative physiotherapy provides the patient with:

  • prevention of complications;
  • restoration of functions;
  • return of a comfortable standard of living.

Early rehabilitation therapy begins from the first days after surgery. There are 3 periods of postoperative therapy:

  • The early recovery period lasts from 16 to 45 days. The restoration of bone structures and scarring of soft tissues is in progress. We need to prevent contractures and restore the function of the knee joint.
  • The late recovery period lasts from 45 to 70 days. Tissue regeneration ends. Efforts must be made to improve knee motility.
  • The adaptation period includes the restoration of social life, preparations are underway for the usual household loads. Physiotherapeutic improvement of the condition of the musculoskeletal system, increased endurance, restoration of mobility in all joints, strengthening of all muscle groups is necessary.

Physical therapy in Richmond VA gives a quick recovery from illness. This is very important for your recovery. The surgeon and physiotherapist work together to create a therapy plan tailored to your needs.

Since 2016 in Richmond VA RVA Physical Therapy And Sports Rehab center can help in complete recovery. To schedule a consultation or request more information about available services contact RVA Physical Therapy team by phone (804) 396 6753  or send email to info@rvaphysicaltherapy.com
You can visit the therapy center at  2620 A Gaskins Rd, Henrico, VA 23238, USA.

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