Knee replacement surgery can seem daunting. The apprehensions of pain, the long recovery period, and the uncertainty of life post-surgery often cloud the minds of potential patients. However, knee replacement surgery, for many, kicks open the door to a new chapter. You can overcome limitations to lead a more active, pain-free life. This article discusses what comes after knee replacement surgery, addressing some common questions.
Can you ever kneel again after knee replacement?
One of the most common questions patients ask post-surgery is whether they can kneel again. The truth is, yes, you can kneel after a knee replacement. However, the comfort level varies from patient to patient. Some people may find it uncomfortable or even painful to kneel on the replaced knee, while others may not experience any discomfort at all.
It is also essential to remember that, while possible, kneeling should not be attempted immediately post-surgery. We recommend that patients wait until their surgeon or physical therapist gives them the green light, usually after a significant period of healing and rehabilitation has passed.
So… how long after knee replacement can I start working out?
The most commonly reported problem after knee replacement surgery
What limits the range of motion after knee replacement?
A limited range of motion is not uncommon after knee replacement surgery. Some noted immediate limitations of knee replacement surgery are swelling, pain, and stiffness. These symptoms can initially impede movement. The type of prosthesis used to replace damaged cartilage can also influence the range of motion, with some designs allowing more flexibility than others. Some patients are also already stiff prior to the surgery.
However, most of these limitations are temporary and improve significantly with proper rehabilitation and physiotherapy. Regular exercise and physical therapy can help improve knee strength, flexibility, and overall range of motion
Finally, what are some ways to manage pain after knee replacement surgery?
- Take a break: It is important to rest after surgery. Avoid putting too much strain on your new knee.
- Use crutches: Don’t try to move without help after knee replacement surgery. Use crutches or other assistive devices to move around.
- Use an ice pack: Applying an ice pack to your knee can help reduce swelling and pain.
- Take medications on time: Your doctor may prescribe pain medications to help manage pain after surgery. It is essential to take them on time as prescribed.
- Go for physiotherapy and rehabilitation: Physiotherapy can help you regain strength and mobility in your knee.
- Try acupuncture treatments: Acupuncture treatments can help reduce pain and inflammation after knee replacement surgery.
- Start exercising: Exercise can help stretch and strengthen the muscles around your knee, which can help reduce pain.
In conclusion, knee replacement surgery indeed comes with its set of challenges. However, most patients experience significant pain relief and improved function after knee replacement surgery. With a positive mindset, and the proper post-operative care, it’s possible to embark on a journey towards a more active, pain-free life.
If you are struggling with chronic knee pain or have already had surgery and need more information about post-operative care, don’t hesitate to reach out. At Hip & Knee Orthopaedics, we’re committed to providing you with the best care possible, addressing your concerns, and helping you understand all available options.
Our specialized team is always ready to guide you through a comprehensive knee evaluation to assess whether knee replacement surgery could be a viable solution for you or provide insights into post-surgery care. Contact us today and take the first step towards a healthier, pain-free future.