Knee surgery is a complex procedure for people suffering from knee pain or injuries. Although the recovery process can be long and challenging, it can be improved by following the advice in this guide. It can take weeks or months to fully recover, depending on the type of surgery and the extent of the damage. Here are five ways to speed up recovery after knee surgery:
One of the most important things you can do to speed up your recovery is to follow your doctor’s instructions. Your doctor will give you specific instructions on how to care for your knee after surgery and when to return for follow-up appointments. It is crucial to follow these instructions carefully to avoid complications and to promote healing.
Rest, rest, rest. Getting enough rest is essential for your body to heal after knee surgery, especially in the opening stages of recovery. Your doctor may recommend that you use crutches or a walker to avoid putting weight on your knee initially. Be sure to follow these instructions and take breaks when you need them. Don’t try to do too much too soon, as this can delay your recovery.
Cairnhill Physiotherapy provides expert programmes for post-op rehabilitation. Experienced in the treatment of knee surgery or replacement rehab, our physios will guide you through the process, monitor your progress and help you understand your limitations. Using massage, exercises and other personalised treatments, we aim to break down scar tissue, strengthen and mobilise your joint and prescribe an exercise plan to regain flexibility and movement.
Once you’re told you are cleared to put weight on your leg, going for several short walks per day can improve circulation, minimise swelling and ensure the tissues in the knee receive the oxygen it needs. This can speed up recovery.
Fueling your recovery with healthy food and staying hydrated is especially important during rehabilitation. Fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods contain the nutrients necessary to help your body recover from surgery. Getting enough vitamins, protein and antioxidants is vital for your rehabilitation. Alternatively, alcohol, fast food and other unhealthy eating habits can slow down and potentially harm your recovery period.
All forms of knee surgery will require a period of recovery. Prepare for your upcoming surgery or post-op with personalised rehabilitation plans from Cairnhill Physiotherapy. Contact us today to book an appointment.