How much do you know about Total Knee Replacements?
-The knee is the most commonly replaced joint in the body.
-A total knee replacement (TKR), also known as total knee arthroplasty (TKA), involves removing the arthritic parts of the bones at the knee joint (the tibia, sometimes called the shin bone; the femur, or thigh bone; and the patella, or kneecap) and replacing them with artificial parts.
-The better physical shape you are in before TKR surgery, the better your results will be (especially in the short term).
-A recent study has shown that even 1 visit with a physical therapist prior to surgery can help reduce the need for short-term care after surgery, such as a short stay at a skilled nursing facility, or a home health physical therapy program.
-The physical therapist is an integral part of the team of health care professionals who help people receiving a total knee replacement regain movement and function, and return to daily activities.
-Your physical therapist can help you prepare for and recover from surgery, and develop an individualized treatment program to get you moving again in the safest and most effective way possible.
***Contact your physician to refer you to physical therapy for a full evaluation following surgery for immediate attention and a quicker recovery!***
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A total knee replacement (TKR), also known as total knee arthroplasty, involves removing the arthritic parts of the bones at the knee joint (the tibia, sometimes called the shin bone; the femur, or th