Postoperative Physical Therapy

ONE Brain & Spine Center not only targets patient recovery within office walls, but in the comforts of their patients’ home as well. Physical therapy is almost always required after surgery, and the same goes for joint replacements as well. By following instructions and guidelines provided by Dr. Burak Ozgur, a speedy recovery is hoped and anticipated for. ONE Brain and Spine Center provides exceptional assistance to the residents of Irvine and surrounding California areas. To find out more about how we can help with your recovery, schedule an appointment today!
Knee and hip replacement surgery is a big deal. It is crucial to use a walker or crutches as directed by your doctor for the allotted amount of time. Some patients begin to feel they can walk alone without consulting their physician. Keep the walker or crutches until your doctor says you no longer need them for the best results from your surgery.
Stair cans be quite intimidating after a knee joint or hip joint procedure. When ascending the stairs, always start with your stronger leg and crutch, followed by your operated leg. Going down, first use your crutch to hold your weight, then your operated leg, and then finally your strong leg. These steps avoid hurting the area that was recently worked on.
The best way to avoid problems in your home is to eliminate any possible hazards. Avoid area rugs, cluttered hallways, or low seating areas. Ask for assistance if something is in your way or you need help sitting/standing up. Don’t rely on balancing on your strong leg while swatting the scatter rug out of your path with your crutch. Accidents happen, and you don’t want to extend your recovery time or chance another surgery. Avoid any shoes with heels or slippery soles. Tough shoes will only make it harder on you. Look at wearing shoes with a hard bottom and laces.
An exercise that many patients enjoy postoperatively is swimming. This therapy may be started once your incision heals. Upon finding a swimming facility, make sure there is proper access for you (ramps and steps). Do not attempt to use a ladder or jump in and hop out. Ask your physical therapist for exercises and follow any other regimens they have assigned for you. Follow instructions from your doctor and physical therapist. If you wish to do other therapies, consult with them prior. Practice your exercises every day to prevent stiffness.
For knee replacement surgery:

  • Elevating your ankle and knee will help reduce swelling
  • Use ice packs on operated area
  • Do ankle pumps when resting

For hip replacement surgery:

  • Do NOT bend the operated hip past 90 degrees
  • Do NOT extend your leg behind you
  • Do NOT rotate operated leg inward or outward
  • Use ice packs on operated area

Before engaging in activities or exercises not instructed by your doctor, schedule an appointment. Speak with them about information concerning your recent procedure. You do not want to risk hurting yourself or re-injuring the recently operated joint.
ONE Brain & Spine Center is the premier spine and brain center in Irvine, California, offering minimally invasive spine surgeries and minimally invasive orthopedic surgeries. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (949) 383-4190.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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