In the process that contributed to my knee replacement and in the healing process, the physiotherapist played an integral role. So in the whole situation, which was my knee replacement, I feel it is important to detail his part. Click now find out here
Before the surgery:
In July 2007, on the inside of my right knee, slight pain and soreness also started to occur. An x-ray showed that, especially on the inside front section of my knee near my knee cap, the deterioration found years earlier had increased. My GP told me to go to my physiotherapist for knee strengthening exercises. I was given a series of exercises by the physiotherapist to strengthen the muscles on the inside of the knee to protect the injured portion of my knee. They had to execute these exercises on both knees. I typically do these exercises every evening in bed. At first, mostly because I lacked the strength in the muscles I was trying to strengthen, I found them hard. I soon found it simple and relaxed for them to complete the routine in less than 15 minutes.
In September 2012, the issue with my knee became critical. I experienced severe knee and upper calf swelling. An ache around the knee and down the leg was also present. After significant rest, the swelling would decrease, but after prolonged exercise with an associated ache around the knee and calf, it would flare again. They ordered a new x-ray. It showed very severe knee deterioration, which meant that I should see a knee replacement specialist and return to my physiotherapist for exercises to strengthen my knee even further.
The physiotherapist gave me a series of exercises to further strengthen the muscles of the knee and encouraged me to ride a bike 20 to 30 minutes a day on an easy course because this would rapidly improve the strength of the muscles around my knees, causing my knee little or no further injury. A week later, I saw him again. In just that week, he found quite a big difference in my muscle strength around my knee.
At the hospital:
A booklet on the whole procedure surrounding the operation has been prepared by the hospital I went to, including a list of activities to do whilst in hospital. Diagrams and a thorough description of how to do each exercise were included.
The procedure involved cutting an incision, moving the muscles back, cutting the bones above and below the knee, inserting and securing the artificial knee to the bones, returning the muscles to their proper position, and sewing the wound together. It was a big operation.
The most significant justification given to me for the workouts was to stop the formation of a blood clot. To me, it was an opportunity for the ASAP exercises/physiotherapy to get moving.