Squats Or Lunges?
From arthritis to injury, many patients experience debilitating knee pain as a part of daily life. However, robotic total knee replacements (TKR) can help many manage pain levels and restore mobility. After undergoing surgery, physical therapy works as a way to restore movement to the joint gradually. While some patients may think of physical therapy as squats and lunges, the best physical therapy focuses on building muscle while protecting the joint.
Are you mobile?
Setting realistic goals to maximize the likelihood of a quick recovery. Protecting the new knee should be top of mind going into each session. While total range of motion may not be immediately possible, patients can expect to regain 140 degrees of motion within the first several months. Swimming or running is not recommended for at least 6 months after surgery to lower the possibility of reinjuring the joint.
The crucial window
The first 8 weeks after surgery is a crucial window to making a full recovery. Movement goals will focus on weight-bearing movements such as maintaining a leg extension and walking unassisted. After patients can walk easily, work moves toward strengthening the muscles and expanding the joint’s range of motion.
How about heel slides?
After the procedure, joints can become stiff and painful to bend. Some physicians suggest heel slides to avoid scar tissue forming around the tender joint. Start by lying on the back with legs stretched long. Carefully slide one heel at a time close to the buttocks, maintaining a deep stretch for 1-2 seconds before sliding the heel down again. Numerous healthcare professionals recommend starting with 2 sets of 10 reps, adding sets as the joint regains motion.
What about squats?
While squats can be helpful for strengthening the glutes, the movement can put too much pressure on the new joint. Instead, exercises which gently target the glutes while providing the knees enough support and stability. Knee-push downs help build muscle while gradually improving the knee’s extension abilities. Begin by lying on the floor with a rolled-up towel positioned beneath the ankles. Press the knees toward the floor using the quads, hold for 5 seconds and repeat 20 times.
Returning to your activity
Knee pain and daily life go hand in hand for many patients. A robotic TKR surgery helps by minimizing pain and restoring motion to the worn out or damaged joint. Recovery takes at least 8 weeks, but gentle exercise can speed up healing; getting the patient back to what’s important faster than ever.