Is the timing of physical rehabilitation post knee-replacement surgery important?
Knee surgeries are on the rise, thanks to baby boomers, who remain engaged with exercise and physical activities. Excess weight can also stress your knees over time, wearing down cartilage and other tissue.
A recent study looked at patients who underwent knee replacement surgery or hip replacement surgery and were randomly assigned to engage in rehabilitation exercises at 6 days or 14 days post surgery. Weight training exercises took place in a pool, three times weekly, for about 5 weeks duration. Patients with knee replacement surgery had better function and less stiffness and pain when they started 6 days after surgery. The hip replacement patients did better when the exercises began 14 days after surgery.