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Will I need physical therapy after knee replacement surgery?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Physical therapy after knee replacement surgery starts immediately, usually the same day. You will have physical therapy while you are in the hospital. When you get home, physical therapy usually continues for several weeks at home and then for two months or more in an outpatient setting.
Brian Yee
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Physical Therapy should be recommended following knee replacement surgery. It is important to start rehabilitation soon after the surgery to improve range of motion of the knee. If you wait too long, the knee can become stiff, and the outcomes of the surgery are then limited. From there, a Physical Therapist can instruct you on proper exercises to improve your knee strength as well as improve the entire leg mechanics to re-establish proper walking mechanics and other functional activities that are required for the knee to be used.

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