Although weight loss may not be easy, the science behind it is fairly simple. When weight loss is needed for joint or knee problems, the process of losing weight is complicated. Knee problems require a whole-body weight-loss plan with emphasis on a restricted-calorie diet, low-impact exercise, and supportive self-care aimed at ensuring proper rest and emotional wellness.
To some degree you have to take charge of your knee recovery. Take an active role in everything that happens once you are out of that operating room and taking your first steps with your new knee. You are the coach and you have to lead the many members of your own “team knee.”
Preparation is advised when it comes to knee replacement surgery. It’s not hard to be ready. Lots of resources for you here: Pre-hab video, “Are You Ready” Checklist download, article links, and a free pre-surgery customized email series
Immediately following knee replacement, pain and swelling make regaining range of motion a challenge. The swelling inhibits movement as the knee area is bulkier, tender and just not as mobile as it would be without the swelling. And as time goes by the fluid surrounding your knee can create scar tissue, which may permanently impede flexibility if left untreated. Our immediate objective with physical therapy is to reduce swelling after knee replacement while we reconnect the brain to leg muscles, get those muscles “firing”, and get range of motion back again.