The joint replacement surgery that commonly refers to hip and knee joint replacement helps the patient to regain normal functioning without having any pains.
If a patient wants to maintain this functionality lifelong then he must enroll for Joint replacement physiotherapy.
The therapist will examine the patient’s condition and answer all their queries related to joint replacement surgery, joint replacement therapy and specific exercises to be followed for muscle strengthening and overall recovery.
If you cannot wait to get back to your favorite sport or live the normal life again after your surgery then Physiotherapy Hamilton mountain will be your partner in helping you achieve that goal.
How much walking after knee replacement?
Walking is essential after knee replacement but patients need to be cautious and not exert too much pressure on knee right after the surgery.
In the beginning, patients should only try to get in and out of bed by themselves and take short walks with the help of a physical therapist or a walking device.
For 3-4 weeks post-operation, patients can practice short walks and climbing the stairs with the help of a walking aid like crutches.
Walking along with prescribed exercises should reduce their reliance on the devices and help them move freely without any pain.
From 2nd month onwards, When patients can walk longer distances without limping with more strength and flexibility in their legs, can bend their knees and perform other normal activities without any external help they may resume the work as well.
Patients generally recover completely from knee replacement within 3-6 months.
Hip replacement physiotherapy
One of the largest joints of the human body is hip joints which may get damaged through years-long wear and tear, some accidents or injury.
As hip replacement is a major surgery, it requires utmost care and discipline after the surgery to recover and restore normal functioning. The complete recovery takes 3 to 6 months but it may take up to 1 year to enjoy full benefits of the hip replacement depending upon the patient’s conditions.
Knee replacement physiotherapy-
Knee replacement physiotherapy assists the patients with standing, walking and gradually regaining their mobility after surgery.
Total knee replacement physiotherapy (TKR)
Patients with severe arthritis causing unbearable joint pains limiting their movements and degeneration of joints are recommended for a total knee replacement.
In TKR, the femur, tibia, patella, and cartilage are all replaced with an artificial material.
A physiotherapist in Hamilton Ontario helps the patients to regain normal mobility after surgery by incorporating customized functional, aerobic and other knee exercises keeping in mind their condition and progression level post-surgery.
Basic exercises like pumping of ankles and buttock squeezing can be performed as they prevent deep vein thrombosis, a serious condition where the blood starts pooling in the body.
Physical activities for kids
For healthy growth and development of kids, there is no replacement for physical activities.
Kids should participate in highly or moderately intense activities like running, swimming, cycling, skating, brisk walking, jumping ropes, playing tennis, basketball, etc that will ensure the strength of their bones and joint flexibility.
Regular physical activity
At any age, an active and healthy lifestyle is essential in order to live happily.
So, one should say goodbye to a sedentary lifestyle and embrace regular physical activities. These activities provide many benefits like-
– Keep the body weight in check
– Make the bones and muscles stronger
– Increase the flexibility of the body hence lowering the chances of various illnesses.
– Improve the self-esteem and lower the stress
– Help in overall well being
Exercises 1 year after hip replacement
Certain exercises can be performed after 1 year of hip replacement to maintain hip mobility and muscle strength. These are-
– Regular walk of 20-30 minutes, 3-4 times a week
– Exercycling backward and forward for 20-30 minutes, 3-4 times a week.
– Elastic tube exercises ( Resistive hip flexion, abduction, and extension )
However one cannot apply this one size fits all approach when it comes to exercises to be practiced after hip replacement.
Returning to an active lifestyle after 1 year will depend upon various factors related to patient like –
– Type of implant/ procedure used
– Bone density
– Fitness level, etc.
It is therefore extremely important that your therapist examines your conditions and guides you with an appropriate exercise regimen that will help you enjoy a healthy life.
You can always count on Innova physio and sports rehab to keep you on the right track for recovery.