A total knee replacement is intended to lessen everyday pain and increase strength and motion of the knee joint. This process involves getting rid of the damaged bone and replacing it with a prosthesis at the knee joint.
The occupational therapist’s primary role after a total knee replacement consists of educating individuals about adaptive techniques and increasing independence while performing activities of daily living. The goal is for all individuals to maximize their independence while adhering to their post surgery precautions. This includes teaching various ways to perform daily tasks safely. After your surgery an occupational therapist will teach you how to correctly transfer from the bed, as well as look at your balance and endurance with self-care activities such as standing at the sink and grooming.
Occupational therapy can:
- Recommend arm exercises to help build your strength when moving around in bed, standing up from a chair and while walking with your walker.
- Recommend alternative strategies for setting up your home.
- Educate you on proper use of adaptive devices during dressing and bathing activities.
- Recommend suggestions and alternative strategies for home modifications like removing throw rugs and telephone cords.