Total Knee Replacement
Research has shown that Physiotherapy improves the outcomes of Total Knee Replacement (TKR) Surgery. Physiotherapists at ALO Physiotherapy provide rehabilitation prior to and following surgery to assist with reducing pain, maximising knee function; range of movement and muscle strength.
Total Knee Replacement (TKR) is a procedure performed by an Orthopaedic Surgeon to replace the joint surfaces of the knee (the ‘femoral condyles’ and ‘tibial plateau’). The goal for surgery is to reduce pain and maximise function of the knee.
Prior to surgery, rehabilitation will include exercises and manual therapy to reduce pain, maximise range of motion and muscle strength. Your physiotherapist will show you exercises, which you can do on the first day after surgery.
Mobilisation exercises and static strengthening exercises can be carried out immediately following surgery. Rehabilitation following this will include exercises and manual therapy to maximise bending and straightening of the knee.
Rehabilitation will include progressively more dynamic exercises, including exercises that improve balance, muscle power, joint stability and joint positional sense.
Your physiotherapist will provide treatments that support you in your goals of returning to specific activities.
Treatments which may be used by Physiotherapists at ALO:
- Rehabilitative exercises
- Manual Therapy
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