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What To Do??

 

Knee functions to….

Sit up, Bend it, Sit down, Kick it and Walk it…

You Run it, Bow it, and Kneel it, or even swing your legs back and forth

The knee joint is the largest joint in the body. It is quite durable, and will sustain you, as long as you take care of it. It is known as the modified hinge joint….as in swinging. This joint/s allows you to swing your legs as carrying the entire body gracefully!

 

As the largest joint in the body, it endures much pressure given by the heavy lifting of your day to day activities. it’s compositions are; Bones, Ligaments, Tendons, Cartilages, and  kneecaps.

 

When you jump or walk with heavy strides, your knees greatest responsibility is to absorb those shocks and stresses that permeates upwards and through the body!

 

Because of these stresses, over time many people develop various types of joint conditions like Osteoarthritis (this condition is the reason why most people resort to Total Knee Replacement) this may be either the right or left knee, or both!

 

In many cases many of these patients are elderly or senior people. Also in some cases patients who are diagnosed with mild Alzheimer’s are recommend to do the procedure. When this happens, at some point, the final stages of recovery is usually done at home.

 

How Do You Care For Total Knee Replacement At Home!!!

 

Is it scary? 

 

No….don’t be intimidated, it’s actually quite easy!  

 

One of the first thing you will need to do is to present the patient’s situation with love and an understanding of the procedure. In some cases a physical therapist may attend the patient at home, (let this be the time you pay attention) or the patient may attend therapy at a PT facility.

 

Do your research, gather or collect the information about the knee joint and the type of care that is sent home by the physician. Physical Therapy will be prescribed as needed, when this happens, your  responsibility is to know what to do after therapy.

 

Some of the things that a caregiver will need to know, may be;

Range of Motion, how and when to administer this type of exercise. How to use a CPM machine for at home post operative rehab. 

When to administer shower, or expose wound site to moisture, pain management, and ambulation, when and how to ice the area, sleeping positions. Always apply comfort measures at all times! 

Ambulation is one or the most important aspect of the journey to effective healing. 

This is the time when the patient may have most pain and discomfort, therefore effective pain management is necessary and will be administered by visiting nurse or by patients who are cognitively able to carry through this function properly. Caregivers should know that the patient must be encouraged to walk, bending the joint as it heals will allow maximum progress.

Patient Care 101…1V

Total knee Replacement


What To Do??

Knee functions to….

Sit up, Bend it, Sit down, Kick it and Walk it…

You Run it, Bow it, and Kneel it, or even swing your legs back and forth

The knee joint is the largest joint in the body. It is quite durable, and will sustain you, as long as you take care of it. It is known as the modified hinge joint….as in swinging. This joint/s allows you to swing your legs as carrying the entire body gracefully!


As the largest joint in the body, it endures much pressure given by the heavy lifting of your day to day activities. it’s compositions are; Bones, Ligaments, Tendons, Cartilages, and  kneecaps.

When you jump or walk with heavy strides, your knees greatest responsibility is to absorb those shocks and stresses that permeates upwards and through the body!


Because of these stresses, over time many people develop various types of joint conditions like Osteoarthritis (this condition is the reason why most people resort to Total Knee Replacement) this may be either the right or left knee, or both!

In many cases many of these patients are elderly or senior people. Also in some cases patients who are diagnosed with mild Alzheimer’s are recommend to do the procedure. When this happens, at some point, the final stages of recovery is usually done at home.


How Do You Care For Total Knee Replacement At Home!!!

Is it scary?

No….don’t be intimidated, it’s actually quite easy!  

One of the first thing you will need to do is to present the patient’s situation with love and an understanding of the procedure. In some cases a physical therapist may attend the patient at home, (let this be the time you pay attention) or the patient may attend therapy at a PT facility.


Do your research, gather or collect the information about the knee joint and the type of care that is sent home by the physician. Physical Therapy will be prescribed as needed, when this happens, your  responsibility is to know what to do after therapy.


Some of the things that a caregiver will need to know, may be;

Range of Motion, how and when to administer this type of exercise. How to use a CPM machine for at home post operative rehab.

When to administer shower, or expose wound site to moisture, pain management, and ambulation, when and how to ice the area, sleeping positions. Always apply comfort measures at all times!

Ambulation is one or the most important aspect of the journey to effective healing.

This is the time when the patient may have most pain and discomfort, therefore effective pain management is necessary and will be administered by visiting nurse or by patients who are cognitively able to carry through this function properly. Caregivers should know that the patient must be encouraged to walk, bending the joint as it heals will allow maximum progress.

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