4 Best Solutions for Post-Op Knee Surgery

By Kelly Hansen | Dec 26, 2013
After knee surgery you must limit activity and be mindful of the way you move your knee joint throughout the various stages of knee surgery recovery. Although your doctor will recommend rehabilitative exercises within days after surgery, the majority of the time in the weeks after surgery will require some level of immobilization of the knee joint.

Immobilizing your knee or controlling the angle at which it is allowed to bend will help provide support and stability in the joint. This stability gives your damaged tissues the opportunity to heal while you continue to rest and do rehabilitative exercises as directed.

4 Knee Solutions for Post-Op Knee Surgery

Depending on where you are in the surgery recovery process, your doctor or physical therapist might recommend one of the following types of knee recovery solutions:

  1. Cold and compression wrap - As the tissues in your knee start to heal, cold and compression therapy can help contribute to a speedy recovery. A patented wrap with simultaneous active compression and consistent cold encircles the entire area around your knee. This allows therapeutic cold to penetrate more deeply than ice alone, while active compression brings fresh blood and pumps away cellular waste.

  2. Post-op knee brace - For a brief period of time after your surgery you will have to immobilize your knee to give the damaged tissues the best opportunity to heal. A post-op knee brace provides this level of support while still allowing you to be mobile.

  3. Hinged knee brace - After the initial healing process you can switch to a hinged knee brace that provides support while allowing you to bend the joint over a limited range of angles. These types of braces can be worn as you start to introduce higher impact activities.

  4. Articulated knee wrap - An articulated knee wrap that combines cold and compression will allow you to do rehabilitative exercises on a treadmill or stationary bicycle to help minimize pain and swelling caused by activity after surgery.

As always, follow your doctor's instructions with respect to medication, rest, exercise, and other activities. Being active throughout the knee surgery recovery process is not only possible, it is encouraged. Using the appropriate type of knee brace throughout the healing process will allow you to be active and mobile while protecting your knee joint and ensuring stability.

Game Ready offers cold and compression wraps to help you reduce pain and swelling either while immobilizing the joint or performing rehabilitative exercises. We also provide post-op knee braces for stability and post-op recovery. Find a provider near you to learn more.

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6 Things You Need for Post-Op Knee Surgery

By Kelly Hansen | Dec 12, 2013
Getting injured is always a nasty surprise, but after the initial shock there is much you can do to plan for a faster recovery. Being prepared for post-op knee surgery is the best way to ensure that you have everything you need to get back on your feet as fast as possible.

So what do you need to be safe and comfortable for post-op knee surgery?

6 Things You Need After Knee Surgery

  1. Rest - After knee surgery you need to rest both your knee and your body. Limiting activity and getting ample sleep will allow your body to dedicate as much energy as possible to repairing itself. This is especially important in the first several days after surgery. If necessary, change your schedule to accommodate less activity.

  2. Healthy food - Your body will need all the valuable nutrients it can get during the recovery process. Focus on good nutrition with balanced meals that are rich in vitamins and minerals.

  3. Pain medication - Your doctor will likely prescribe some pain medication, especially for the initial stages of post-op knee surgery. Maintain an open line of communication to ensure that you get the right types and amounts of medication during this time.

  4. Cold compression therapy - Active cold and compression combine two important therapies for faster healing. This type of therapy can also reduce pain and swelling immediately after knee surgery, so be sure to talk to your doctor about your options before you go in for surgery.

  5. Physical therapy - Although you need to get ample rest, you must also participate in a physical therapy program that will help you regain full range of motion. Your physical therapist will also prescribe exercises that will help rebuild stability, strength, and flexibility.

  6. Knee brace - Post-op knee braces are designed to completely immobilize the joint after surgery. After the initial healing phase, you can wear a brace that allows more mobility. Your doctor and physical therapist can help you decide which type of brace is right for you.

Of course, you might also want to plan for some entertainment in the first few weeks after surgery while you need to rest your knee as much as possible. You should also think about how your house is laid out and make any necessary provisions. For example, consider temporarily living on only the first level of your home to avoid stairs as much as possible.

Work with your doctor and physical therapist to ensure that you have everything you need before your knee surgery. Pick up any prescriptions you will need, select a knee brace that fits, and make sure you have a cold and compression system reserved for your physical therapy sessions. You can also rent a system to keep at home during your recovery. Find a Game Ready provider near you to get started.

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3 Activities to Avoid During MCL Surgery Recovery

By Kelly Hansen | Dec 05, 2013

There are many activities you should try to do during MCL surgery recovery. For example, getting plenty of rest, using cold and compression therapy, and following the recommendations from your physical therapist. However, there are also several that you should avoid if you want to ensure the fastest recovery possible.

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6 Exercises To Do Post ACL Knee Surgery

By Kelly Hansen | Oct 17, 2013
After ACL surgery your doctor will likely recommend working with a physical therapist to help you regain full range of motion. Your physical therapist will show you a series of movements and exercises designed to increase strength and flexibility in the muscles surrounding the knee joint without creating further damage or risking re-injury.

It is important to follow all of your physical therapist's recommendations so that you do not introduce too much activity too early. Even if you feel minimal or no pain, doing too much too soon can inhibit your ACL surgery recovery.
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