Total Knee Replacement surgery is potentially an amazing solution for anyone struggling with knee pain which is making everyday activities a big challenge. There are many contributing factors which can cause knee problems, including bad diet, not getting enough exercise - or on the contrary - doing too much high-intensity exercise which overburdens the joints. If the total knee replacement surgery is something your Boca Raton orthopedic surgeon recommends, this article is for you. Keep reading to find out 3 things you need to know before your surgery.
Stronger muscles around the knee ensure faster and smoother post-surgery recovery so it is recommended you work on reinforcing the surrounding muscle tissue (such as inside quad muscle) before you undergo the surgery. Of course it is difficult to reinforce a hurting knee but try to find ways to get at least some exercise. Swimming is great as it doesn’t overburden the joint and - if done regularly - can significantly strengthen muscles around it. We also advise you to work with a Physical Therapist - together you can figure out the best way to prepare for the procedure without taking unnecessary risks. If you’d like to find out more about Physical Therapy provided at Orthopaedic Surgery Associates, visit our website or contact us directly.
Good nutrition during the post-surgery period can make a significant difference in the way your knee recovers. Take extra care of the quality of food you consume during that time. In general, your body is weakened by the surgery and lack of exercise (which of course is difficult immediately after the surgery) so you need to give yourself a vitamin boost. Fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and lean meat should be the basis of your everyday meal plan. Be sure to avoid foods that are rich in sugar and saturated fats as they can slow down your recovery. Of course, any alcohol is off-limits for at least a few weeks after the surgery.
Many patients are not aware of the recovery timeline and expect to be back to their normal activities immediately after the surgery. Of course, from a physical therapy perspective, it’s important to try to restore maximum range of motion as quickly - but safely - as possible. However, depending on your specific circumstances, your knee needs time to heal so your PT may at time remind you to take it easy! For a few days following the procedure, make sure to rest and avoid any fatigue. You can work with your PT on bending and extending the knee or take a few steps with crutches. Depending on your specific circumstances, rehab can be started almost immediately after surgery - however it will of course be adapted to match your abilities and surgical outcome. At times it may be required to be patient. Most patients get back to normal functionality after around 6-8 weeks, but make sure to consult your Boca Raton orthopedic surgeon to check on your recovery progress.
Orthopedics Boca Raton - If you’d like to find out if you are a good candidate for the total knee replacement procedure or find out more about it, make an appointment with one of our Boca Raton orthopedic surgeons today.
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It seems like the awareness of how the way we eat can influence our bodies is growing steadily, not only among youngsters, but the among elderly generations as well. It is a trend that we hope will stick around for longer, because the diet is without a doubt a factor that plays a great role in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Of course we all know that the foods we choose to eat can have a significant influence on our appearance but not many people associate the diet with... orthopedics. But according to Dr. Manny Alvarez’s latest article, there are certain foods that can actually reduce the risk of osteoarthritis pain. He believes that “foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids, like salmon, flaxseeds and walnuts”, when added to one’s everyday meals, can prevent the inflammation that causes the osteoarthritis. What are other examples of anti-inflammatory foods? He also mentions olive oil, ginger and turmeric to have a similar effect. So is this really true? Can we ‘treat’ osteoarthritis by only eating more of those products?
Unfortunately, the answer is not that simple. And while eating certain products can reduce the risk of osteoarthritis pain, the osteoarthritis itself (the most common form of arthritis) cannot be cured by any known treatment. We do not discourage the solutions offered by Dr. Alvarez as we also believe that enriching the diet with omega-3 fatty acids can be a great way to help prevent osteoarthritis as well as relieve some of the pain it causes. But what can you do if in spite your efforts you end up with pain in your joints?
There are many treatment options available. They include pain medications, cortisone injections, physical therapy and joint replacement surgery. It is important to know your options before making any decision. We recommend you pay your orthopedic doctor a visit and let him fix you up with the best possible treatment for your condition, as they may vary depending on the patient’s state. Do not expect a surgery if with your specific condition physical therapy is sufficient, and on the other hand, do not fear surgery if that’s what is required to treat your injury. At Orthopaedic Surgery Associates, our team of Orthopedic Doctor Boca Raton is available for appointments to determine which treatment option will be most beneficial in your case, so don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule your next appointment.
The diet can have tremendous effects on our health. It is important to explore the world of nutritional treatment and experiment with including or excluding certain foods from our diet to see if it helps, but this is just a part of the healing process. Be smart and approach your health holistically - make an appointment with one of our orthopedic doctors Boca Raton and see how we can help you.
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