Threats to a Proper Knee Replacement Recovery (a definitive list)
We have identified eight primary threats to a proper knee replacement recovery as listed below.
- Lack of Full Knee Flexion
- Lack of Full Knee Extension
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (Blood Clot)
- Knee Infection
- Protective Muscle Guarding
- Swelling and Scar Tissue
- Poor Post-Surgery Strength
- Co-morbidities (Compromising Health Factors)
Threats to a Proper Knee Replacement Recovery
We take them one by one in a series of blogs and podcasts that you can review by clicking on the links provided.
Lack of Full Knee Flexion
Getting your knee to bend properly after knee replacement surgery can be a huge challenge. While the new artificial joint is nearly always ready to bend to 0º extension and 130º flexion, your tendons, ligaments and muscles may not be. Click here or on the picture to learn more.
Lack of Full Knee Extension
Getting your knee straight after knee replacement surgery can be hard for some. While the new artificial joint is nearly always ready to bend to 0º extension and 130º flexion, your tendons, ligaments and muscles may not be. Click here or on the picture to learn more.
A knee replacement infection may develop in the wound after surgery. It may also occur around the artificial implant that is used to replace the knee joint. Harmful bacteria entering the wound usually cause the infection. Click here or on the picture to learn more.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (Blood Clot)
Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, occurs when a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins of the body. This can happen if a vein becomes damaged or if the blood flow within a vein slows down or stops. While there are a number of risk factors for developing a DVT, two of the most common are experiencing an injury to your lower body and having surgery that involves your hips or legs. It is a concern for those who undergo a total knee replacement surgery. Click here or on the picture to learn more.
Protective Muscle Guarding
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. We explore guarding from a number of perspectives and share a case study in which an ACL and Microfracture patient overcomes guarding in physical therapy. Click here or on the picture to read the article.
Poor Post Surgery Strength – Coming in June, 2019
Swelling and Scar Tissue – Coming in July 2019
Co-morbidities (Compromising Health Factors) – Coming in August 2019
The X10 Meta-Blog
We call it a “Meta-Blog.” In these articles we step back and give you a broad perspective on all aspects of knee health. We explore surgery and recovery and such subjects as ‘Threats to a Proper Knee Replacement Recovery’.
This is a one-of-a-kind blog. We gather together great thinkers, doers, and writers. And it is all related to Knee Surgery, Recovery, Preparation, Care, Success and Failure. Meet physical therapists, coaches, surgeons, and patients. And as many smart people as we can gather to create useful articles for you. You may have a surgery upcoming. Or in the rear-view mirror. Maybe you just want to take care of your knees to avoid surgery. In all cases you should find some value here. Executive Editor: PJ Ewing (email@example.com)