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After Knee Arthroscopy: Recovering from SurgeryDespu©s de la artroscopia de rodilla: Recuperaci³n de la cirug­a

After Knee Arthroscopy: Recovering from Surgery

Your surgeon may prescribe physical therapy. This can help relieve pain, increase range of motion, and improve strength. Your physical therapist will design a program for you based on your knee problem and recovery goals.

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Working with Your Physical Therapist

Your physical therapist can help you set goals and work toward them. But a successful recovery depends on you. Follow instructions and keep your appointments.

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Types of Physical Therapy

To help you heal, your physical therapist may use one or more of the following:

  • Manual therapy. This may include stretching or massage to reduce stiffness and make your joints more flexible. You may also work your muscles against pressure to make them stronger.

  • Weight machines. These machines work and strengthen specific muscle groups.

  • Closed kinetic chain exercises. These help make your joints stronger and more stable by keeping one part of the body still while the rest of the body is moving. Squats are an example of these exercises.

  • Aerobic exercises. These include biking and walking. They strengthen the leg muscles as well as the heart and lungs.

  • Electric stimulation (as needed). This uses a painless electric current to relieve pain, decrease swelling, and rebuild muscles.

  • Ultrasound (as needed). This uses sound waves to help heal injured tissue.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T00:00:00-06:00

After Knee Arthroscopy: Recovering from SurgeryDespu©s de la artroscopia de rodilla: Recuperaci³n de la cirug­a

After Knee Arthroscopy: Recovering from Surgery

Your surgeon may prescribe physical therapy. This can help relieve pain, increase range of motion, and improve strength. Your physical therapist will design a program for you based on your knee problem and recovery goals.

Image

Working with Your Physical Therapist

Your physical therapist can help you set goals and work toward them. But a successful recovery depends on you. Follow instructions and keep your appointments.

Image

Types of Physical Therapy

To help you heal, your physical therapist may use one or more of the following:

  • Manual therapy. This may include stretching or massage to reduce stiffness and make your joints more flexible. You may also work your muscles against pressure to make them stronger.

  • Weight machines. These machines work and strengthen specific muscle groups.

  • Closed kinetic chain exercises. These help make your joints stronger and more stable by keeping one part of the body still while the rest of the body is moving. Squats are an example of these exercises.

  • Aerobic exercises. These include biking and walking. They strengthen the leg muscles as well as the heart and lungs.

  • Electric stimulation (as needed). This uses a painless electric current to relieve pain, decrease swelling, and rebuild muscles.

  • Ultrasound (as needed). This uses sound waves to help heal injured tissue.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T00:00:00-06:00

Experience optimal physical therapy techniques and compassionate patient care at Benton Franklin Orthopedic Associates and Benton Franklin Physical Therapy. Call us today at 509.586.2828 to schedule an appointment or use our online Request an Appointment form.

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