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Knee Replacement

What equipment is used for physical therapy after knee replacement surgery?

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  • ATravis M. Hendry, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answered on behalf of Intermountain Healthcare
    Before you leave the hospital after knee replacement surgery, your doctor will recommend special equipment that will help you recover. Your equipment may include:
    • A walker.
    • TED (thrombo embolic deterrent) hose (elastic stockings used to help prevent blood clots in your legs)
    • A CPM (continuous passive motion) machine is occasionally used.
    A social worker will also meet with you to discuss services you might need after you leave. These services may include home care or nursing services.
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  • After knee replacement surgery, the equipment used for physical therapy in the hospital includes:
    • knee immobilizer splint
    • CPM at bedside
    • walker (with progression to cane as able)
    • neuromuscular electrical stimulation for the activation of the key knee-stabilizing muscles
    • ice compression sleeve to reduce postoperative swelling and facilitate range of motion
    In an outpatient facility, equipment for physical therapy includes:
    • neuromuscular electrical stimulation for strengthening of the key knee-stabilizing muscles.
    • ice compression sleeve to reduce swelling and facilitate knee range of motion
    • isokinetic training equipment with biofeedback to facilitate a quicker recovery
    • free weights and exercise bands
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