In trying to analyze the whole experience, there was one very interesting factor. At the height of the pain on Marlin’s Story Part IV: Managing Pain After Knee Replacement. Saturday and Sunday, I did no exercise at all. But some kind of survival instinct must have kicked in on Monday and though the pain management regimen remained the same, and I was unable to do any meaningful work with the physiotherapist, I completed two sessions on the X10 machine once the pain meds kicked in.
At the most basic level guarding occurs when your therapist pushes your knee one way and you push right back, negating his attempt to help you gain flexibility as you try to protect yourself. This is called Protective Muscle Guarding.
There are some very important things to consider during knee surgery recovery. While full range of motion is the immediate focus, there are barriers to achieving this goal. There are several reasons that range of motion can be limited. I discuss here the variables that can be directly affected by your success in therapy.
What happens after knee replacement when there is a lack of full knee extension? We explore this question in this installment of our series entitled ‘Threats to a Proper Knee Replacement Recovery’.
We examine the Continuous Passive Motion machine for knee surgery recovery. Robert Salter (MD) and John Saringer (an engineer) commercialized the CPM in 1978. Extensive research and clinical references included here.