can the patient bent his knee as far as there is no pain,or can he walk without using walking stick provided by the hospital(he was operated 3 weeks before ,till date),if he does it will it cause any problem?
It is very important to bend the knee after knee repalcement therapy so to prevent permanent inability to bend. Knee replacement therapy should be followed immediately by physical therapy with a trained professional that will exercise the knee to prevent immobility. Walking without the cane for short distances if you are steady on your feet is ok. Again, working with a physical therapist and doing the exercises after the surgery is critical to success of the knee replacement.
If you have insurance to pay for it, home physical therapy is poss, or at least outpatient. Your doc should have given you a instructions. Bending that knee is the key, and take your pain meds before excercise so that you do it right. Knee replacements can freeze up if not exercised.
As the other posters have said physical therapy is key to recovery. I wouldn't advise walking without a cane or crutches until medically advised. You can cause damage and prolong healing time. Ice packs should be applied several times throughout the day to help decrease swelling and pain. I'm sure the therapist has assigned exercises to be done several times a day and he should be vigilant about these. Yes, they hurt, but they will help strengthen the muscles and help lubricate the joint. The more diligent he is with the exercise, the more range of motion he will attain. Most doctors are satisfied with 70-80% range of motion. Luckily, my therapist pushed me and I obtained 100% range of motion. It took several months and a lot of pain and sweat, but it was worth the effort it took. I hope this helps and I wish him luck with his rehab!
Just had double knee replacement 9 weeks ago. My surgeon said the key is :
Massage, Ice, Therapy and Time... he's one of the top surgeons in the cincinnati area. The key is MOVE. Be religious about physical therapy. But please be careful about pain meds. I would recommend Aleve or Advil. I am having terrible anxiety as a result of quitting Vicodin. Best of luck to you!
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