Guide To Recovery After Knee Replacement Surgery
If you have just undergone knee surgery, this article is designed to provide you with general advice on how to manage recovery from home after the surgery, and guidance on home exercises to help you regain strength.
It is important to exercise after a knee replacement surgery to restore normal movement in your joints. This will help to build up strength in the joints and surrounding muscles, ease pain and swelling and help with circulation, especially right after surgery, to prevent blood clots from forming in the veins. Ultimately, exercising will help you get back to your normal activities.
Some pain in the initial period is common as you heal
You may take your pain medicine as instructed by your surgeon. Do speak to him/her if you need more medications.
Alternatively, you may use a cold pack if the wound area is painful or warm to touch. Apply the cold pack to the affected area for 15 to 20 minutes each time. You may do this 3 to 4 times per day, or after you have done your exercises.
Perform the exercises as prescribed by your therapist
If you have any questions regarding these exercises, please check with your therapist before working on the exercises.