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March 16, 2021

Why you shouldn’t skip physical therapy after knee surgery


What happens if you don’t follow through with physical therapy after knee surgery?

It’s common to hear from health care professionals that the recovery process from surgery is just as important as the procedure itself.

This is especially true of any type of knee surgery. No matter how minimally invasive the operation is, there is still significant healing that needs to occur.

Additionally, patients will typically need to retrain themselves to function properly.

Particularly if an injury has altered their posture and movement for a long period of time. 

Physical therapy is a critical part of proper recovery after knee surgery and can play a critical role in ensuring a positive outcome.

The flip side of this is that skipping a physical therapy program can increase the risk of issues, even if you had a successful procedure.

To help you understand how important physical therapy after knee surgery is, we’ve prepared the following helpful overview.

We invite you to contact us if you have any questions or want to learn more as you read this over. 


Why you shouldn’t skip physical therapy after knee surgery


physical therapy for knee surgery


The goal of physical therapy as post-surgical rehabilitation is to promote the healing process and help patients regain functioning.

This is accomplished with strengthening exercises, posture and movement training, manual therapies to help mobilize soft tissue and other targeted techniques. 

Here are some of the negative consequences that can potentially occur in patients recovering from knee surgery who don’t continue on with physical therapy: 

  • Supporting muscles and soft tissue can begin to atrophy due to nonuse and swelling.

  • Increased strain can be put on the knee from improper movement. 

  • Range of motion can be diminished.

  • The healing process can be slowed down due to lack of blood flow to the area.

While other factors play a role in the recovery process — including following your post-operative instructions, getting regular low-impact exercise and eating a nutritious diet — physical therapy plays an absolutely essential role. 


Post-operative recovery expertise with Health Plus PT Rehabilitation


Physiotherapist giving knee therapy to senior woman in clinic


At Health Plus Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, our experienced physical therapists know that not doing physical therapy after a knee replacement can lead to many problems for you. Fortunately, our team can help you avoid many of these problems. We can evaluate your knee following surgery and determine what issues you need to address. Additionally, our physical therapy experts excel at creating individualized therapy plans designed to reduce pain, improve muscle strength and reduce post-surgical recovery times. 

Worried that you won’t be able to make it into one of our clinics after surgery? Our team understands perfectly! That’s why we offer therapy services that you can use right from home, including at-home care and virtual therapy sessions. We can even help you begin your recovery if you don’t have a doctor’s referral. 

Contact our team today for more information about our post-surgical rehab services or to schedule your initial appointment. 

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