Total Knee Replacement

The knee is the most commonly replaced joint in the body. It is usually replaced when people have joint damage due to osteoarthritis, bone disease, or fracture. A total knee replacement involves removing the ends of the tibia and femur bones and replacing them with artificial parts.

What symptoms would you typically have prior to surgery?

  • Knee pain that may radiate down the lower leg.
  • Difficulty walking.
  • Joint swelling.
  • Decreased tolerance for standing activity.
  • Decreased balance and safety.

How can a Physical Therapist help?

  • Instruct you on strength and flexibility exercises to improve joint stability.
  • Instruct you on the proper use of an assistive device such as a walker.
  • Educate you on home adaptations and safety awareness after the procedure.
  • Work on standing balance skills to increase your safety when walking on uneven surfaces.
  • Work on your walking mechanics to promote a normal cadance.
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