Following Total Knee Replacement, continuing therapy at home is very important. You will be given a home exercise program during your time in therapy to perform on days that you are not in clinic. These exercises help to reinforce the progress you make during therapy and allow you to progress to more difficult exercises while in clinic.
After years of playing softball and refereeing basketball, Steve Lovvorn had worn his right knee out. His doctor recommended replacement and he agreed. When his doctor asked where he wanted to do his physical therapy, Steve said it was an easy choice. Steve had done therapy before at Elite PT and Balance for both rotator cuff repairs he had done years earlier.
Total knee replacement, also known as total knee arthroplasty (TKA), is a common surgical procedure. It consists of cutting away parts of damaged bone on your thigh bone, shin bone, and knee cap and replacing them with artificial parts. Your doctor will determine if you are a candidate based on a variety of different assessments such as your range of motion,
On your first day of therapy, you will meet with a Physical Therapist to evaluate your post-surgical knee. This will include assessment of your surgical incision, any bandage changes per your doctor, assessment of swelling, and range of motion measurements. We can even help your physician monitor your blood clotting time to regulate medication which decreases chances of blood clots.
During the early stages of physical therapy intervention for your meniscus tear you will be assigned a home exercise program (HEP). An HEP is a printed copy of some or all of the exercises that you will be performing during your PT sessions. As your meniscus begins to heal following surgical repair your therapist will begin to add more advanced exercises to your therapy sessions and to your HEP.
Joyce Harrison enjoys staying active and believes it is essential to good health. She enjoys playing tennis, swimming, walking/hiking as ways to stay active. During a doubles tennis match, Joyce remembers stepping to make a volley at the net and felt a pop in her knee along with pain. She managed to finish the game and even get a win!
Following your diagnosis of a torn meniscus your Dr. may refer you to Physical Therapy. We aim to help you understand what to expect out of Physical Therapy with a meniscus tear. Upon your first visit here at Elite Physical Therapy you will receive a thorough evaluation from one of our trained physical therapists.
Chronic knee pain can be the result of several different factors. Some common causes of knee pain are torn muscles/tendons, osteoarthritis, and a torn meniscus. Our topic today will be the latter of the three. So how does one go about tearing a meniscus you might ask? Several common causes of meniscus tears are as follows:
- Sudden pivot or turn
- Deep squatting
- Direct hit on outside of knee while playing sports such as soccer or football and can also involve injuries to other tissues that make up the joint capsule surrounding the knee
Deep inside the knee joint sits the meniscus.
Upon your visit to our clinic we will evaluate the cause of your knee pain. On your second visit to physical therapy, you will be given, and go over a home exercise plan (HEP) with your therapist to reduce knee pain. Because you will only spend between 2-3 hours in the clinic a week,
Knee pain is a common ailment that can happen to almost anyone at any age. It can range from mild to severe. Knowing the cause of the knee pain can help a person seek the appropriate treatment in the clinic. First understand that you can seek physical therapy through direct access (without a doctor prescription).