An inevitable part of the human existence is the fact that our bodies deteriorate. Our knees play an intricate
part in our daily functions; they can get damaged due to disease, injuries or just plain wear and tear.
Therefore, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend a full or partial knee replacement surgery as the only
way to significantly improve or restore your quality of life.
Knee replacement surgery is known as Knee Arthroplasty (ARTH-row-
restore function in severely diseased or injured knee joints”. While under general anesthesia, your “surgeon
cuts away damaged bone and cartilage from your thighbone,
artificial joint made of metal alloys, high-grade plastics and polymers”. If you are a candidate for this surgery
you will benefit from pre-operative physical therapy to help you prepare for surgery. After surgery, post-
operative physical therapy is necessary to regain your mobility and independence.
Here at Broward Manual
operative physical therapy for your knees. Pre-operative therapy will include exercises that condition your
muscles for a successful surgical outcome. Once your operation has been performed and your orthopedic
surgeon feels you are ready, you will be asked to attend post-operative physical therapy. The physical
therapist will design a treatment program that will cater to your precise needs; combining their expertise with
your orthopedic surgeon’s protocol. The physical therapist will safely guide you to an effective and successful
recovery and will even give you printed materials illustrating the exercises you must do at home to maintain
the progress you have achieved.
Unfortunately, this journey can sometimes be long and painful. Your full commitment to yourself in the
healing process and trusting your physical therapist are the 2 main keys to achieving your goals. The Broward
Manual Rehab team is highly trained to aid you in a faster recovery into your prior level of function.
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