Major knee injuries commonly occur during sport, but can also present due to a variety of reasons including car accidents, work place injuries, falls in the elderly or general “wear & tear”.
They are often debilitating injuries, affecting you ability to partake in work, sport and simple daily activities such as house chores or walking the dog. The recovery process can be slow and it is crucial that the correct management is sought to ensure the best possible outcome.
Depending on the nature of the knee injury and severity of trauma, the rehabilitation pathway can differ. Your Physiotherapist’s role would be critical to ensure you have an optimal recovery and return to work, sport and life faster in following with the specialist’s orders.
Treatment of these injuries usually requires a review by an orthopaedic surgeon to determine the need for surgery. The aim of surgery is often to maintain the contour of the knee joint surface and prevent arthritis that may develop later as a result of the uneven joint surface.
Early physiotherapy management is imperative following traumatic knee injury to help normalise your walking pattern as well as improve strength and range of motion.
Commonly following surgery, the orthopaedic specialist may instruct you to avoid weight bearing on the operated leg to allow for adequate healing and offload the joint. Hydrotherapy at this stage is an excellent way to begin walking and gentle strengthening in a safe environment. Depending on the depth of the water you can alter the amount of weight you are putting down through your injured leg and will often accelerate your rehabilitation.
Once you are able to begin weight bearing, gym rehabilitation is commenced to further improve strength, balance and range of motion. Full recovery can often take up to 12 months depending on the injury and surgical procedure and it is recommended to avoid very high impact activity after such an injury due to the risk of developing post traumatic arthritis.
At The Physio Clinic, we endeavour to guide you through your rehabilitation journey to ensure you gain the best outcome from your surgery. We offer hydrotherapy and gym classes, and regularly correspond with your specialist to ensure everyone is on the same page. The rehabilitation should always be tailored to the type of injury, the surgeons instructions and your goals.
For more information call The Physio Clinic on 8342 1233
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