After many of the surgeries we perform as orthopedic surgeons, especially when we operate on athletes and active people, we have the patient work with a physical therapist. In this Ask Dr. Geier video, I answer the question of a reader who wonders if working with a physical therapist is always necessary.
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Is it possible to rehabilitate your knee after surgery without a physical therapist?
After a knee surgery, you must get your swelling down and regain your normal knee range of motion and leg strength. For some surgeries, like a partial meniscectomy, you might be able to achieve these goals on your own doing exercises at home every day. For other surgeries, like ACL reconstructions, it is much more difficult to achieve these goals on your own.
In this video, I explain when physical therapy is needed and when working with a physical therapist can help you return to what you do as quickly and safely as possible.
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I had a medial meniscus tear surgery 2 weeks ago, my dr. Said i woun't need physical therapy, how ever i can't bend my knee all the way yet and i am walking with difficulties. I started with small exercises at home that i have google on my own because my dr. Didn't give me any kind of exercise tips of any kind. Listening to you it seems like my dr. Didn't communicate with me very well. Thank you for this video. Approximately how long dors it take to be able to walk normal?
Leticia Ordaz hi, I’m 17 days post surgery and I still can’t walk. I had a meniscus repair, cartilage repair, and a bone defect. I’m slowly gaining strength, but it’s been a tough process. How are you doing now? How long before you were able to bare full weight on knee?
I’d love to know how many times a day I should be doing physical therapy. I’ve only gone to one session so far and it’s very expensive. Thanks!
Hello i just had menescoscopy and i had a small tiny piece of torn meniscus removed however i am in my third month & i still can not run... my knee tends to get swollen after walking and i still feel like above my knee it is still swollen . Is this normal? What should i do? Im really afraid thinking that this way i feel is going to be for a lifetime?
I had a partial meniscectomy and Was able to recover with out Physical Therapy cal therapy as I knew the exercises and Was able to Return to running and Exercising in a month, However I didnt cut running in the amount of miles I would run and I Did a lot of walking instead
I had a micro fracture surgery about four years ago. After waking up from surgery the only people that I saw was my wife and the nurse. The ortho surgeon left me a papers of instructions to follow with the exercises. I was not given a referral to have physical therapy (not sure why) and I was upset that I did not get one. I had to figure out on my own (Google them) what the exercises were. It was a pain, I believe I should have gotten a referral to have physical therapy.
Great Video Doc .. I Am Doing Physiotherapy From After My ACL Surgery a Long Time .. But Still There Is Difference .. The Injured Leg Quad Muscle Is Not Tough As The The Perfect Leg.. Though I Am Training Really Hard Regular Sessions Jumping , Squats Turning Etc. My Doctor Said You Can Now Start Playing Soccer Normally But Inside I Am Still Unsatisfied With My Muscle Condition 😐
yes, i had a tibial plateau fracture and made a surgery where my doc put metal plate and 5 screws 5 weeks ago
i just started physical therapy i had one session till now
they used ultra sound on my knee and faradic machine on my quadricipes muscle and infrared rays too
my question is: is it right to use ultrasound on my knee with the metal plate?
my knee is still round shaped and. doesn't look normal, there is a little swelling,is this normal?
could you please make a video about patello-femoral syndrome as a side effect to knee surgery? I had a simple partial meniscectomy last year and have been experiencing patello-femoral pain over the past 5 months after doing sports. it hurts when climbing stairs and there is a sensitive spot on the patella which hurts when touched.Thanks.
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