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 email@example.com