We love to hear what our patients have to say about us! Our patient during her recovery process for a total knee replacement working with her therapist, Monika in our Hydroworx pool.
1. Find a reputable surgeon who you feel comfortable with. Suggestions from therapists and other patients are highly recommended. Formulate a list of questions so that there are no surprises. For example, but not limited to: how long is rehab/how long will I be out of work, will I have a brace/sling/walker/crutches and for how long, will I/when will I be able to drive, how often do we follow up after surgery, do I go straight home/to rehab/to outpatient PT, when will I be cleared for a return to my specific work duties, does insurance cover everything or will there be out of pocket expenses.
2. Its highly recommended to attend PREHAB as it speeds up the post rehabilitative recovery process if the joint is with its maximum ROM/flexibility/strength/functional ability pre op.
3. Schedule surgery when 1. you can’t take the pain anymore and MD feels you’re a candidate. 2. If it can be put off some, determine a time (for example the summer for teachers when schools out) to appropriately allow proper time to recover/rehab without unnecessary monetary, work, transportation, family stresses, etc that may negatively effect the process.
4. Post op REHAB is crucial. Keep an open line of communication between yourself, your physical therapist, and your surgeon so that everyone is on the same page with expectations, goals, concerns, etc. Rehab isn’t just PT 2-3x/week, its daily with respect to need for good HEP practice in between your scheduled visits, the ensure continual improvement. Appropriately invest your time, money, and hard work into your body, the most valuable machine you own.
5. Most outpatient rehab ends around 3-4.5 months post op, but realistically, most doctors believe continued independent exercise weekly, up to 1 yr post op, leads to maximal gains and long term success post op, so plan on joining a gym, continued HEP at home, outdoor exercise alternatives, etc up to 1 yr to fully complete your surgical/rehab experience.
This post was written by Peak Performance Physical Therapist Dan Craine, MS, PT, a Certified Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy as well as Certified in the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis. He currently practices out of our Wantagh location.
In recent findings, It has been proven that patients working one on one with a physical therapist prior to knee or hip replacement surgery and access to a web portal, can be beneficial. Patients felt more optimistic about gaining new knowledge prior to surgery, and felt a sense of sense of security post surgery. The main objective of these condensed thirty minute sessions, was to give patients an insight into new knowledge about joint replacement surgery. These educational programs are accustomed to a patents specific needs, preps them for surgery and what to expect during the recovery period. The patients who partook in the program, had a more positive and satisfied outlook, also requiring fewer physical therapy sessions for discharge. At Peak Performance we offer Pre-Surgery and Pre-Joint Replacement Surgery Therapy. Our main goal is to have the patient recover at a faster rate and with a sense of content.
Orthopedic surgeon, Kevin Stone explains his revolutionary answer to joint replacement in this riveting TED TALK. By replacing pieces of damaged, worn out human parts with animal tissue, Stone explains how patients are able to avoid a total joint replacement. This younger, thicker tissue not only brings relief, but allows recipients to return to a full active life; even athletes are able to stay in the game. Watch the video to learn more about this amazing medical method.
With Derek Rose facing yet another knee surgery and America awaiting the status of the athlete’s future career; the Huffington Post offers this informative article on meniscus surgery and the many factors that are unknown to too many patients. If you or someone you know is facing surgery, be prepared. The article below features myriad questions to shed some light on the details of your meniscus . Then, talk to your surgeon to find out what your procedure will entail. It’s your meniscus…you have the right to know.