Prompt rehabilitation following surgery helps restore mobility and function and reduces the risk of post surgical complications due to biomechanical adaptation and muscle imbalance.
Having a joint replacement can instantly take away knee or hip pain but your skeleton and brain may take quite a while to adjust to it’s new joint.
Misalignment and pain in the joint prior to surgery will have allowed the brain to create new ways of accommodating the problem by shifting your weight, altering your biomechanics and creating muscle imbalance.
As soon as part of your anatomy is immobilised in a splint or cast, muscles weaken and lymphatic drainage is reduced.
Your body often needs expert help to reverse all these changes to allow you to achieve the best recovery.
Surgical interventions such as ligament reconstruction and High Tibial Osteotomy can require quite precise rehabilitation procedures to allow optimum healing and restoration of function.