–Can expect pain for 8-12 weeks following surgery – use the pain medications prescribed by your MD. Ice, exercise and keeping the weight off the knee will help too.
–Avoid excessive walking for the first 2 months. Contrary to popular belief, walking more is not going to help you heal faster. Your knees are a load bearing joint and you just had a major surgery. The more you load the joint by walking and standing, the more it will get irritated and inflamed. More inflammation – the more swelling – the less your local muscles around your joint will work. Especially the quadriceps tends to shut down and atrophy. So walk for FUNCTION…walk short distances and don’t get the knee irritated.
–Use your walker first 2 months. It will help you keep the load off the joint and allow healing to take place faster.
–Focus on exercises in non-weight bearing position – laying on your back or sitting (consult your Physical Therapist).
–Stationary bike can be a good option – once you have adequate bend in the knee.
— Elevate your leg and do massage with Mahanarayan oil to keep the swelling and inflammation under control.
–See your Physical Therapist as soon as your Orthopedic surgeon allows you to start Physical Therapy after the surgery.
–Remember it is your knee. If you don’t take responsibility and do your exercises or follow recommendations by your MD or Physical Therapist – you are the one who might suffer or have to live with a problematic knee. It can take up to 1 year for the knee to heal after the surgery and for you to get back to all your activities. This may vary from person to person.
Focus on maintaining good health through out this process to help your body heal properly. Be patient with yourself and work diligently.
Herbal oil discussed in this post
Mahanarayan Oil: Mahanarayan is an ancient Ayurvedic herbal oil used for faster recovery after injuries. It’s a natural anti inflammatory and pain reliever.
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