Knee Surgery: Things To Avoid Doing After A Replacement

It is important to understand that knee surgery is a major operation. While it might be common these days, recovery takes time and there are certain things you should avoid doing. If you try and do too much too quickly complications can develop.

Fairview Rehab & Nursing Home offers outpatient and inpatient rehab therapies for knee replacement surgery in Queens, NY. We have a variety of state-of-the-art equipment to help speed up recovery. What’s more, we have the trained professional therapists to ensure your recovery is a smooth one, without setbacks or complications.

While physical therapy is highly recommended, it should not be started right after surgery. Your physical therapist will show you what exercises you need to do and which ones to avoid. Closely follow instructions from your doctor and therapists, as some exercises could be very harmful. 

Elderly patient doing mobilization exercise after knee surgery

Avoid Putting Pressure On Your Joints After Knee Surgery

The knee is a vital joint for mobility, independence, and your overall quality of life. After knee operation, take it easy and don’t try to rush things. Use your supports to get around at the beginning. After a while, a gentle exercise routine may be appropriate. The key thing after knee surgery is to avoid exercises or anything that puts a strain on the affected knee.

Avoid High Impact Sports

There are certain activities that you should definitely avoid. These include running and jogging, hiking, or any weight-bearing exercises. Jumping, for instance, puts an enormous amount of sudden extra pressure on the knee joints. It’s about the worst thing you can do after knee surgery.

It’s important to take some kind of exercise as it has huge benefits for your heart, lungs and emotional well-being. But after a knee replacement follow the guidance of your physical therapist. He/she will advise you on which exercises are beneficial and which ones to avoid.

How physical therapy can help

People who have strong muscles around the knee are more likely to make a better recovery after knee surgery. Maintaining and developing the strength of your muscles, joints and bones is something a physical therapist can help you with.

Through judicious use of state-of-the-art equipment and personal motivation, therapists can set patients on the road to a smooth recovery. They also ensure that all exercises are done safely to keep the risk of complications to a minimum.

The main reason for needing a knee replacement in the first place is to kill pain. Fairview Rehab And Nursing Home’s nursing staff are adept at pain relief measures, and work with physiotherapists to achieve the best results. We know how to gradually build up muscle and joint strength to improve your mobility and independence after knee surgery.

Feel free to contact us to find out more about our care services. We work closely with the loved ones of our patients to promote their physical and emotional health. Our caring staff always encourage a positive and friendly atmosphere where patients feel one of the family.