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How often is physical therapy needed before knee replacement surgery?

Before you have knee replacement surgery, your doctors will want to see you for physical therapy far enough in advance so that you will have an opportunity to build muscle strength around the joint. This will include six to eight weekly sessions of physical therapy. After total knee replacement surgery, you will absolutely need to participate in another six to eight weeks of sessions.

There is a Medicare cap on therapy for each year that a person can get reimbursed for, so we do receive some questions about that when we encourage people to participate in preoperative therapy.

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