Post Knee Arthroscopy Physio

What’s an arthroscopy?

An arthroscopy is a common procedure that many individuals undergo to investigate or repair their injured or damaged joint (the knee is the most common). It’s called an arthroscopy as the procedure is completed with a very small camera named an arthroscope that ensures the operation is as minimally invasive as possible.

Why would I undergo an arthroscopy?

We’re seeing more and more patients undergo an arthroscopy as it has a much faster recovery time. This is of course a major benefit of this kind of procedure, especially for those who are so eager to return to sport or their active lifestyle.

A knee arthroscopy is usually performed to attend to:

– Joint injuries
– Meniscus tears
– Ligament repairs


What can I expect post-surgery?

For the first few days after surgery you will experience all of the usual post-surgery occurrences such as some swelling, pain & will more than likely have some anti-inflammatories and pain killers to help you initially.

Rotations of ice packs to help with the swelling is also quite common as well as all necessary precautions like keeping weight off the joint in the initial healing stage. Avoid irritating the newly operated joint where possible.


How can physiotherapy help me recover & why is it vital?

It’s important to ensure your newly operated knee joint isn’t left stiff and still for too long. Although initial rest is important, it’s better to begin exercises sooner rather than later to ensure you have the best possible chance of a full recovery.

You want to be restoring the strength and the all-important range of motion as soon as possible. There’s nothing to worry about as initially you will only be completing gentle exercises that are non-weight bearing to kick start your recovery.

As you progress through your post-surgery rehabilitation plan with your physiotherapist, they will ensure your knee is safely strengthened and returned to its original capacities within the expected timeframe.

 

Here’s an idea of what your post-surgery treatment plan will aim to achieve following your knee arthroscopy:

– Initial control and management of any pain or swelling
– Progress you from non- weight baring to full- weight bearing exercises
– Activate and correct any major muscle movements
– Aim to restore your full range of motion (ROM)
– Regain your usual and normal walking pattern
– Restore your previous leg strength
– Restore your normal balance, proprioception & coordination
– Work on restoring any sport specific or work specific movements
– Achieve your post-surgery goals


Talk to our experienced team if you have any questions

At Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy, our highly experienced team of physiotherapists have rehabilitated many patients successfully after undergoing a knee arthroscopy. We offer the support and guidance you need to achieve your goals post-surgery.

If you would like further information about our customised rehabilitation programs, please feel free to contact the clinic today by calling (02) 4721 7798 or by emailing info@progressiverehab.com.au

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, working in the cardiac rehabilitation program, heart failure service and mental health unit at Nepean Hospital. And at the ACU Exercise and Lifestyle Clinic working with clients with neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since graduating, Andrea enjoys working with a variety of clients. She has a particular interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries and neurological conditions, striving to help people increase their functional capacity to get them back to work, sport or the things they love doing.