Did you know that Osteoarthritis is one of the leading causes of disability in America affecting approximately 27 million Americans? Did you also know that by the year 2030, it is projected that the number of total knee replacements performed will be around 3.48 million? In fact, it is reported that getting a total knee replacement reduces pain and improves health-related quality of life in 90% of patients who are battling osteoarthritis in their knees. That said, following surgery it is imperative that these patients receive physical therapy services to restore their prior level of function. Additionally, seeking out PT services prior to receiving a total knee replacement can help maximize muscle performance in order to prepare for surgery. This can help with the rehabilitation process following the surgery!
Below is a list of things to know prior to getting a total knee replacement:
By: Dr. Kyle Ioos PT, DPT
Dr. Tony Tanzi: Physical Therapist, Triathlete, Runner, Performance Coach