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Knee replacement: Pre and post-rehab

by Lauren Walker

Anyone I work with over the age of 60 is afflicted with common joint pain in the knees.

What happens when you need to have your knee replaced? In an extreme situation, many are immobile and find it hard to get around. I’ve worked with clients pre-surgery and post-surgery with great results.

In my experience, I’ve noticed, strengthening the hip and lower body is ideal before surgery. Atrophy (muscle loss) is typical after surgery. Developing muscle mass is helpful for this reason because it aids in recovery.

Most people needing knee replacements are in a lot of pain in the first place. Exercise is helpful when prescribed properly. It depends on the functionality of the individual.

We can strengthen the hip without causing further trauma to the knee. Teaching my clients to sit and stand from chair height is ideal. Why? Squatting is a functional movement, and it is designed to strengthen the hip. Chair height keeps my clients in proper alignment and actually helps to strengthen the connection from the hip to the knee. Jumping and running, high-impact exercise, are not recommended!

Typically, after surgery, you’ll spend time recovering. This can range from six months to a year, depending on the individual. The range of motion post-surgery is an important gauge. The overall functionality of the joint is assessed. After a sufficient recovery period, getting back to the gym is recommended. My purpose is to complement the physiotherapy and continue to develop strength.

I work with knee replacements quite frequently. The proper exercise program is conducive to long-term success. Exercise is like medicine; it has to be prescribed properly.

All Fit All Ages Gym is located across from Food Basics in Port Perry, and beside Coldwell Banker. Call 289-356-2140 for more info.

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