Trouble standing, sitting, walking or bending at the knee could be a sign of weary cartilage. Cartilage is made of a soft, sponge-like substance which allows joints to move smoothly. The older you get, more unwanted stress is put on your joints and may wear down the natural cartilage, causing you discomfort and pain. This wear and tear is often known as osteoarthritis. Contacting a doctor or physical therapist may direct you to total knee arthroplasty TKA or total knee replacement. Total knee replacement is a great way to alleviate pain but requires a lot of effort. Luckily enough, there is physical therapy that can help strengthen the muscles and ligaments surrounding the knee after the surgery is performed.
Total knee arthroplasty is the process of removing any leftover damaged cartilage between the femur, tibia, and fibula. The procedure removes the cartilage and smooths down the bone to make it more suitable for prosthetic components to be implanted. In most cases, a metal shell is attached to the femur while the corresponding metal components are installed on the tibia and fibula. These prosthetics help create artificial movement that acts just like cartilage and lasts for about 10 to 20 years.
Rehab and physical therapy are essential for any post surgical procedure. Recovery is dependent on how well these therapeutic practices target the afflicted area. The speed in which the joint fully recovers its strength could be slow and hinges upon the quality of care administered. Typically, physical therapy exercises such as briefly standing or lightly walking can help build up the muscles and ligaments around the knee. Activities that include bending at the knee can help return its mobility. This is crucial post surgery since the knee is primarily kept in a straight position during a large period of time directly following the operation. More importantly, it also helps assure that the prosthetics are working properly.
Resting for periods of time, gradual movement, and exercise can all help regain mobility and speed up recovery. If you think you need total knee arthroplasty, consider United Rehab Physical Therapy to assist with a painless recovery to help you get back on your feet. You can contact one of our professionals stationed at our Ronkonkoma, Hauppauge, Farmingville, and Shirley offices to answer any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment today.