The road to recovery is one that needs to be tread to get back to full health and enjoy normal physical activities — without restrictions.
In this regard, knee replacement is no different. Surgery is only the first step; once you get over surgery, there is the healing process, followed by a lot of physical therapy to ensure a full recovery. You do not have to be an athlete to suffer an injury, which may require knee replacement.
Here are some tips on getting back in tip-top shape after knee replacement surgery.
It is understandable that you will be excited to get back up on your feet as quickly as possible. You have to be patient though. Be sure to get ample rest. The body has a way of healing itself naturally. Let the healing process take its course and give your body enough time to recuperate.
Physiotherapy is an essential part of rehabilitation. By preparing your knees, you “break in” your new knees and prepare them for the stress you will be putting on them when things get back to normal. While the first days of therapy are always the most difficult, these are the most essential. Things will get easier with time.
Getting up and about
Getting back to normal is the biggest concern for recovering patients. As much as possible, be careful with your movements, so as not to fall prey to moving one step forward yet two steps back.
While some patients may ask for a general idea of how long recovery time is, it really varies. Recovery time depends on your body’s inherent ability to recuperate, your adherence to therapy, and the type of surgery you underwent.
Most importantly, remember to be patient. It is important to pace yourself during the recovery period and not overstretch yourself.
The road to recovery is a long and arduous process. It will test your will and there will be quite a lot of hurdles to overcome. Keep these helpful tips in mind to ease the transition and you will be back to full health before you know it.