Our therapist will perform ongoing analysis of your condition, including range of motion, swelling, gait analysis, strength, stability, balance and functional capacity to determine your rate of progress.
Education about your TKR and how to continue to care for yourself with independent activities is the most important aspect of our therapy. You must know how to care for yourself!
We consider your age and other medical conditions when we consider your recovery progress.
Your knee replacement journal
First, ignore what your friends have told you about how their recovery was a snap. People tend to forget the facts after the fact. You have had major surgery on your knee(s). It takes up to a year to fully recover. Typically, there is considerable, although diminishing pain for the first 3-4 months of recovery.
Focus on your functional improvements and not your pain. The pain and swelling will subside in time. Take your medication and use ice to stay ahead of the pain. Chasing the pain isn’t as effective as staying ahead of the pain. You will be able to drive when your range of motion allows for normal use of the pedals and when you are no longer taking prescription pain meds. Clicking, popping, swelling, numbness and warmth around your knee is normal early in your recovery.
You will feel tired during the healing process because your body is using energy to recover. If you need an afternoon nap, take it without guilt! But, don’t spend all of your time resting as your body will very quickly lose muscle and you may gain weight (a big no-no).
You must be a zealot about doing all of your exercises & following the rehabilitation program! You should continue with your range of motion exercises and practice normal walking for at least 1 year following your surgery.
If you are having dental work, including teeth cleaning, or any procedure during which you may have your skin punctured, even a pedicure, over the next year, be sure to tell your provider about your knee replacement. You will need prophylactic antibiotics prior to the procedure. You do not want an infection. If you have pain which prevents you from sleeping and your knee is increasingly hot, red and very swollen, call you surgeon immediately.
This journal will make tracking your progress easy. You may fill in your accomplishments whenever you would like to do so, but we suggest doing it monthly so that you can see your progress.