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Total Knee Surgery – 4 Simple Ways to Reduce Swelling

Total Knee Surgery – 4 Simple Ways to Reduce Swelling

If you’ve just had Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery, you’re probably dealing with a lot of swelling surrounding your knee…

And this swelling can be the biggest barrier between you achieving full range of motion (ROM) in your knee.

With that in mind, reducing your swelling during your recovery is of vital importance.

In this video, I’ll share 4 simple and effective ways you can reduce swelling at home during your recovery from total knee replacement surgery. And I’ll also share 3 other tips to help you manage any long-term swelling.

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Waiting for Total Knee Replacement (TKR) Surgery? Do these 5 things NOW!!!

Waiting for Total Knee Replacement (TKR) Surgery? Do these 5 things NOW!!!

Right now, a lot of people are waiting to have Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery…

Every week at the clinic, we’re getting calls from our clients telling us that their surgery has been pushed to a later date, often several months down the road.

If you were planning to have total knee replacement surgery, but your surgery has been delayed, there are 5 things you should be doing right now to improve the condition of your knee and to increase your chances for a quick recovery after surgery.

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Total Knee Surgery – “Can I Use Heat?”

Total Knee Surgery – “Can I Use Heat?”

If you’ve had Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery, you might be wondering if you can safely use heat to ease up the stiffness in your knee…

The most common answer you’ll hear regarding using heat is “No, you should only use ice.”

And while this makes sense on the surface, since the knee is so swollen and irritated after surgery, simply saying “No” isn’t the best answer.

In fact, there are some very good uses for heat following total knee replacement surgery.

In this video, I’ll explain the how/when/where to safely and effectively use heat following TKR surgery, which will help you regain full knee ROM (especially full knee extension).

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Top 6 Exercises AFTER Total Knee Replacement (TKR) Surgery

Top 6 Exercises AFTER Total Knee Replacement (TKR) Surgery

If you’ve just had Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery, you’re now in what we call the “post-surgical” or “post-op” phase of your recovery.

This can be a busy time, between follow up appointments with your knee surgeon, physical therapy appointments, and trying to rest and recover.

With that in mind, there are 6 exercises you want to prioritize during this period (3 exercises for quad muscle activation and 3 exercises for knee range of motion).

I’ll demonstrate all 6 exercises in the video below, and I’ll give you some guidelines for how many sets and reps to perform each day.

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Top 6 Exercises AFTER Total Knee Replacement (TKR) Surgery

Top 3 Priorities AFTER Total Knee Replacement (TKR) Surgery

If you’ve just had Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery, you’re now in what we call the “post-surgical” or “post-op” phase of your recovery.

This can be a busy time, between follow up appointments with your knee surgeon, physical therapy appointments, and trying to rest and recover.

With that in mind, there are 3 things you want to prioritize during this period:

->> Keep your pain and swelling down

->> Increase your flexibility (aka “range of motion”)

->> Increase your quad muscle activation

If you can focus on these 3 priorities in the first 4 weeks after your total knee replacement surgery, you’ll have a much better chance at making a full recovery.

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