The thought of getting back to physical activity and a regular exercise routine after a surgical procedure might sound counter-intuitive, but a regulated exercise plan is necessary to ensure proper healing and recovery, and in many cases event to avoid re-injury.
Dr. Steven Meier regularly performs the best knee replacement in Beverly Hills at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine, and works closely with patients to devise a post surgical physical rehabilitation plan that will help patients resume as active a lifestyle as possible after recovery.
Arthroscopy in Beverly Hills
Depending on the injury and patient, most surgical knee repairs are now performed with a procedure known as arthroscopy. Due to its minimally invasive approach, arthroscopy (also known as arthroscopic surgery) usually allows for less complications and a shorter recovery period. An orthopedic surgeon will make several small incisions around the joint and insert an arthroscope, which is a small surgical tool equipped with a camera and light at the end. The camera relays images over a video screen in the surgical room, allowing the surgeon to get a better look at the inside of the joint and to work with greater precision.
Once the surgery is complete, patients will begin working with a physical therapist immediately with light range of motion exercises to prevent stiffness and work up to strength training and stretching.
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Common Exercises For Knee Surgery Recovery
In the first few weeks after surgery, a light beginner program typically consists of:
- Hamstring contraction
- Quadriceps contraction
- Straight leg raises (sitting)
- Buttock tucks
- Straight leg raises (standing)
- Supine knee extensions
- Moderate squats with chair
- Standing quadricep stretch
- Partial standing knee bends
- Forward and lateral step ups
- Sitting knee extensions
- Supine hamstring stretch
- Exercise bike
Contact an Orthopedic Expert in Los Angeles Today
If you’ve suffered from a knee or shoulder injury, it’s imperative to contact an expert orthopedic surgeon as soon as possible. Early treatment could reduce the severity of the injury and allow you to return to an active lifestyle quicker!
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