It’s normal to have concerns before any surgery. After all, you want to return to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible. This requires planning before
and after the surgery. This is exactly where physical therapy can help. Your therapist will encourage you to stay as active as possible prior to the surgery. This will minimize muscle loss and speed up recovery after the surgery.
It’s best to ask a family member, friend, or a caregiver to help you in the recovery process. The physical therapist will educate these individuals to help you in the early stages of recovery. Over a period of time, you’ll learn to become independent as your body heals.
A physical therapist will prescribe gentle stretching exercises to restore mobility after the surgery. You will be asked to walk, possibly with crutches, a walker, or a cane for additional support. Under the watchful eye of the physical therapist, you will regain confidence and begin to move indoors, then outdoors. It’s normal to experience a little pain and discomfort initially. Don’t worry. Your therapist will make sure you don’t push yourself too much. Expect to learn supervised exercises to strengthen your knee. All these measures will facilitate a rapid and successful recovery.