Knee Pain Treatment | Life After Knee Surgery

Knee pain is one of the most common of all types of joint pain. Some people live with it daily before seeking any relief from a professional. At some point, knee surgery may be necessary.

What happens after the surgery is done to repair the knee? After the surgery, it’s time for physical therapy. It is imperative that a solid plan for recovery is devised following the surgery. An effective plan for rehabilitation can:

  • Decrease the amount of time spent in the hospital
  • Quickly regain strength and mobility in the knee
  • Return to daily activities more quickly
  • Decrease the risk of encountering complications

Post-Surgery Expectations

Once the surgery is over, there is a healing process. In most cases, patients will be directed to stand and put a little pressure on the knee soon after the surgery. Doing so often leads to a quicker recovery. An initial fear is common for most patients. The idea of not knowing what level of pain to expect or the strength of the knee is what frightens most. Standing and minimal movement with assistance decreases the chance of a fall. Physical rehab technicians assist with walking, movement and create a rehabilitation plan that is appropriate for a successful recovery.

Leaving the Hospital

If there are no complications from the knee surgery, discharge from the hospital should happen soon after the surgery. This is the most important time post-surgery. Physical rehabilitation should be scheduled upon discharge. Options are short-term rehab facilities or the patient visits a rehab center for therapy on a regular schedule. This decision is typically based on the patient, insurance and conditions following the surgery.

At Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine, we take an integrative approach to treat a wide range of issues. We specialize in developing personalized treatment plans and delivering lasting relief by treating the root cause of your issues and chronic pain. Our team of board-certified nurse practitioners, physical therapy technicians, aestheticians, and chiropractors offer patients comprehensive types of treatment with two convenient locations in Mount Pleasant and Summerville, South Carolina. Schedule a complimentary consultation to find out how we can help you following knee surgery.