Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy After Partial Knee Replacement

>>Do you want me to check your blood pressure?>>I would. Yeah, please.>>Let’s do that. So tell me how things have been going.>>Last night, I was pretty sore at bedtime
but — the thought of navigating on a walker or crutches to go to an outpatient
visit would have been daunting.>>A little tight but really –>>They could look at the environment
here and assess if there were risks to me falling, things that we should be moving.>>It’s building on the basic things
she starts with in the hospital. Again, looking at her home
environment and making sure that she feels comfortable
navigating, you know, in her own home.>>It’s tender.>>But then just continuing on with working
at her range of motion and her strength and those sort of things that are
important to work on right away.>>You don’t hesitate as you step down. Can you then go back up and help with your hand? Now was that painful at all? The main things that you want to get out
of the first six weeks, you’ve got a window of opportunity to get the tissues to
start moving beyond their previous level. So you want to get the range of motion back. You want to get the quadriceps
muscle to function. How’s that? As comfortably as possible on both of those. So one of the things that I do range of motion
wise is, and had Beth do from the start is, to have her generate all the
movements so that she doesn’t have to wonder am I going to move her to far.>>I have a whole new healthy
respect for physical therapy. I mean, I think that the surgeon does their
good work, but these are the individuals that get us back to doing
activities of daily living.>>How are things going for you?>>Really well.>>Good.>>Very well.>>Pain wise you doing okay?>>Yep, not taking anything for pain.>>The seven-week visit after a primary
partial knee replacement is primarily to try and evaluate how the patient
is doing at that point. What our expectations are,
they have very little pain. They’re probably 90% of the
way recovered at this point. They’re back to their daily lives. They’re not taking any pain medication, and they
have essentially near-normal range of motion.>>Actually, the last week before
surgery I could barely walk. I actually had to go home from work one
day because my mobility was so restricted. And now I’m out walking on the weekends,
in the morning, during the week. I’m on the exercise bike or
participating in yoga pain free.

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