As part of our ongoing total knee rehab series, Steve Thomas, DPT, has given us a short list of some items he thinks are critical in approaching the physical therapy portion of knee replacement surgery. Consider this Steve’s “Pearls of Wisdom”!
- Range of Motion (ROM)- What you have going into the surgery is about what you can expect post-op.
- Knee Strength- NOT just the involved knee but contra-lateral knee as well, as it will be under more stress post-op secondary to compensation.
- Hip Strength- The literature has documented the importance of hip strength in weight bearing function. Work on it!
- Balance/Proprioception- Critical to regain early and continued focus on throughout the rehab process.
- Proper/Correct Gait- If you have been living with knee OA (osteoarthritis) there is a good chance your gait has been affected. Re-train yourself on good habits prior to surgery as it will be much harder when you are dealing with the pain and tightness post-op.