Total Knee Replacement

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Total Knee Replacement2019-01-01T03:10:27+00:00

What is it?

Knee replacement, also called arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to resurface a knee damaged by arthritis. Metal and plastic parts are used to cap the ends of the bones that form the knee joint, along with the kneecap. This surgery may be considered for someone who has severe arthritis or a severe knee injury.

Various types of arthritis may affect the knee joint. Osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that affects mostly middle-aged and older adults, may cause the breakdown of joint cartilage and adjacent bone in the knees. Rheumatoid arthritis, which causes inflammation of the synovial membrane and results in excessive synovial fluid, can lead to pain and stiffness. Traumatic arthritis, arthritis due to injury, may cause damage to the cartilage of the knee.

The goal of knee replacement surgery is to resurface the parts of the knee joint that have been damaged and to relieve knee pain that cannot be controlled by other treatments.

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What to expect in Physical Therapy

The physical therapist is an integral part of the team of health care professionals who help people receiving a total knee replacement regain movement and function, and return to daily activities. Your physical therapist can help you recover from surgery, and develop an individualized treatment program to get you moving again in the safest and most effective way possible.

If you have any questions or concerns before or after surgery, and before physical therapy starts, please feel free to call Resolve Physical Therapy!  Also if you would like to borrow a walker or cane, please call Resolve PT before your scheduled surgery date, and they can provide you with one since you will only need it short term in most cases.

As You Begin to Recover

You will typically start in-home or outpatient physical therapy within 3 days of getting out of the hospital.  The goal of the first 2 weeks of recovery is to manage pain, decrease swelling, heal the incision, restore normal walking, and initiate exercise. Following those 2 weeks, your physical therapist will tailor your range-of-motion exercises, progressive muscle-strengthening exercises, body awareness and balance training, functional training, and activity-specific training to address your specific goals and get you back to the activities you love!

Range-of-motion exercises. Swelling and pain can make you move your knee less. Your physical therapist can teach you safe and effective exercises to restore movement (range of motion) to your knee, so that you can perform your daily activities.

strength exercise

Strengthening exercises. Weakness of the muscles of the thigh and lower leg could make you need to still use a cane when walking, even after you no longer need a walker or crutches. Your physical therapist can determine which strengthening exercises are right for you.

soft tissue message

Soft tissue massage/Scar Mobilizations.  Your physical therapist will massage your leg to help with circulation and to decrease overall stiffness.  This is usually the patients favorite part! They will also work on mobilizing your scar so that there are no adhesions to limit your range of motion.

Balance training. Specialized training exercises help your muscles “learn” to respond to changes in your world, such as uneven sidewalks or rocky ground. When you are able to put your full weight on your knee without pain, your physical therapist may add agility exercises (such as turning and changing direction when walking, or making quick stops and starts) and activities using a balance board that challenge your balance and knee control. Your program will be based on the physical therapist’s examination of your knee, on your goals, and on your activity level and general health.

functional training

Functional training. When you can walk freely without pain, your physical therapist may begin to add activities that you were doing before your knee pain started to limit you. These might include community-based actions, such as crossing a busy street or getting on and off an escalator. Your program will be based on the physical therapist’s examination of your knee, on your goals, and on your activity level and general health.

The timeline for returning to leisure or sports activities varies from person-to-person; your physical therapist will be able to estimate your unique timeline based on your specific condition.

Activity-specific training. Depending on the requirements of your job or the type of sports you play, you might need additional rehabilitation that is tailored to your job activities (such as climbing a ladder) or sport activities (such as swinging a golf club) and the demands that they place on your knee. Your physical therapist can develop an individualized rehabilitation program for you that takes all of these demands into account.

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Jenny is such a caring and compassionate PT! She absolutely loves helping people and it shows through the care of her patients!! She is very knowledgeable and all around a great person and I would recommend her a million times over!
Rosanna Aguirre
Rosanna Aguirre
03:09 27 Nov 18
Jenny is incredible! I first saw her for some concerns running and her skill base and knowledge level blew me away. It is an honor to recommend her!
Meg Boethin
Meg Boethin
15:32 29 Nov 18
Jenny is all about customizing care to your needs! She has great experience and is a knowledgeable, compassionate, and talented physical therapist. I highly recommend Resolve Physical Therapy!
Annique Dayley
Annique Dayley
03:24 27 Nov 18
I was a formal college athlete, was spoiled with great therapists, and was extremely nervous after leaving the cacoon of campus. In the real world you get scared that doctors won’t care about you the same way. That’s not the case with Jenny she takes everything serious and you are not just a patient. She a great pt and awesome person. Congrats on your new adventure.
14:54 29 Nov 18
Jenny is very knowledgeable and compassionate about helping people get better.
Steve Romriell
Steve Romriell
15:45 29 Nov 18
Jenny is very knowledgeable and gave me the tools to overcome an injury I have been dealing with for 4 years. I am amazed how quickly I progressed under her guidance. She is thorough and makes sure you are doing the exercises correctly and get the most benefit from your effort. I am so thankful I was referred to her. - thank you!
Carolyn Albertazzi
Carolyn Albertazzi
03:38 19 Jun 19
Without a doubt, Jenny is the best Physical Therapist I have ever encountered! She knows her physiology, she knows how to give a message and she listens to her patients. She takes whatever time is necessary to get the job done instead of sticking to a rigid schedule and does a good job of providing exercises to do at home. I heartily recommend her!!
Bev Murphy
Bev Murphy
21:17 18 Jun 19
Jenny is a star in the field of Physical Therapy! She is great to work with and knows what the client needs to heal. I would recommend Jenny to anyone who is in need of PT and wants a great therapist, as well as a nice facility to work out of.
03:54 20 Jun 19
Jenny is very knowledgeable and skilled. Her compassion for her work and her clients is unmatched. She has a solo practice so she focuses clearly on each person and explains what she is doing and her expectations for recovery. I highly recommend her for all kinds of injuries.
Andrea Casey
Andrea Casey
08:14 23 Jan 19
Jenny gave great attention and care to my rehabilitation process. She is very knowledgeable and applied many techniques to rehab my injury. She gives great instruction and makes sure you are doing the exercises correctly and clearly communicated the plan for my progress. Also she is very personable and friendly.
Melany Fry
Melany Fry
02:19 19 Dec 18
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