One Strategy to Self-Treat Knee Pain at Home

share this article The knee is a hinge joint, which opens (bending) and shuts (straightening).  Research has found the majority of knee problems occur when the knee does not shut (straighten) all the way.1 This means that when the tibia (shin bone) and femur (thigh...

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TKR Dead Weight: Is This You?

share this article Guest Post: Marie Buckner of Booktoots’ Healing Hi everyone! I have received quite a few comments lately about the worries of having a very stiff and "nonfunctional" tkr (total knee replacement) leg for a time after the surgery. Here's...

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A Brief Summary of the Anatomy of the Knee

share this article Here is a brief summary of the structures and anatomy of the knee joint. This is to provide some clarity and understanding regarding the structures of the knee and is not meant to be an all-inclusive anatomical description of all the structures of...

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Everything You Need to Know About Corticosteroid Injections

share this article What are Corticosteroids? Corticosteroids are a group of steroid hormones. Your body produces corticosteroids naturally via your adrenal glands. They are also produced and administered as drugs / medications. Different types of corticosteroids...

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How Long to Recover From Total Knee Replacement

This is one of the most frequently asked questions by individuals considering knee replacement surgery. Other common questions are when can I drive again and when can I return to work? In reality, the rate of recovery will be different for each…

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The Best Nutritional Advice

The Best Nutritional Advice to Accelerate Recovery from Joint Replacement Surgery:Accelerate Your Knee Replacement or Hip Replacement Recoveryshare this article IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!! LIMITED TIME OFFER:Be sure to check out the last section of this post. We were...

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Stem Cell Injections for Osteoarthritis

share this article The use of stem cell injections to treat the pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis (OA) has increased in popularity in recent years. Let’s take a closer look at what stem cell treatment entails and the efficacy of this treatment approach...

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What is Manipulation Under Anesthesia?

share this article Sometimes following knee replacement surgery, individuals experience significant stiffness and decreased range of motion (ROM) at the knee joint. Usually, the stiffness decreases and ROM improves over a number of weeks with active exercises and...

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What is a CPM machine and Should You Use It?

share this article CPM stands for Continuous Passive Motion machine. This is a mechanical device that provides continuous passive motion for a joint, most commonly the knee, while the person lays on their back. To use the CPM machine, you line up your knee joint with...

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To Have Surgery, or Not to Have Surgery

share this article The first step of the joint replacement process is determining if joint replacement surgery is the right choice for you in the first place. As the number of individuals receiving joint replacements each year continues to grow, numerous studies have...

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Understanding the Different Types of Knee Prosthetics

share this article Let’s look at the number of ways to categorize the different knee prosthetic types. Each knee replacement consists of three main parts: Metal femoral component for the end of your femur (thighbone) Metal tibial component for the top of your tibia...

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How to Avoid Blood Clots After Surgery

share this article Following any type of major surgery, including joint replacement surgery, you are at an increased risk for developing blood clots. A blood clot forms when the platelets in your blood clump together to form a gel-like mass. This occurs normally in...

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What is Same-Day Joint Replacement?

share this article What? Same-day joint replacements, or outpatient joint replacements, are joint replacement procedures in which hospital admission, surgery, and discharge all occur in less than 24 hours. These procedures usually occur in a special hospital unit, and...

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Post-Surgical Precautions and Instructions

share this article Both before and after joint replacement surgery, your surgeon and other healthcare professionals will give you a lot of different instructions. These instructions are intended to optimize healing, maintain your overall health, and help avoid any...

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Treatment Approaches for Osteoarthritis

share this article Our last post took a closer look at what exactly osteoarthritis (OA) is and what causes it. This week, as we near the end of Arthritis Awareness Month, we’re going to take a closer look at some of the treatment options for OA. When treating OA, the...

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Speaking With a Hospital-Based Physical Therapist

share this article This week’s blog post is a little different. We decided to reach out to a variety of individuals with unique knowledge of the joint replacement process, from healthcare professionals to past patients, and ask them some questions about joint...

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Is The Pain In Your Joints From Osteoarthritis?

share this article Arthritis is often thought of as a disease, but actually its a symptom. There are over 100 diseases that have arthritis as a common symptom. One of those diseases is osteoarthritis. Since May is Arthritis Awareness Month, let’s take a closer look at...

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Can You Run After Having a Joint Replacement?

share this article This is a common question we get from individuals after knee and hip replacement surgery. There are many factors to consider with this question, and the answer will be specific to each individual. It depends on a number of factors including the...

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After the Hospital, Where Next?

share this article After joint replacement surgery, you will likely spend a few days (typically 3 or less) in the hospital. This is so you can be monitored, receive appropriate medical care, receive physical therapy, and recover enough to be safely discharged from the...

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Top Questions for Your Orthopedic Surgeon

share this article Before having your joint replacement surgery, you will have at least a couple appointments with your orthopedic surgeon for evaluation and examination. It is important to use these appointments to obtain as much information you can and get all your...

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Aquatic Therapy for Joint Replacement Patients

share this article Aquatic therapy refers to performing exercises and activities in a pool. It is also called pool therapy or water therapy. Performing exercises in the water provides a variety of unique benefits compared to performing exercises on dry land. Because...

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Osteoarthritis vs. Rheumatoid Arthritis

share this article Many individuals mistakenly think these are the same diseases, but there are many differences between the characteristics of these two causes of arthritis. In this post, we will discuss the similarities and differences between osteoarthritis and...

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How To Naturally Optimize Your TKR Success

share this article Guest Post: Marie Buckner of Booktoots’ Healing Hi everyone. I receive many inquiries from readers wondering how to naturally optimize TKR (aka total knee replacement) success. Doing as much as you can, before and after your surgery,...

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What is Prehab?

share this article I’m sure you’ve heard of rehab or rehabilitation. You’ve probably also heard of physical therapy, but what is “prehab.” Prehab is a word (probably created by physical therapists) that combines the prefix pre- meaning “before” with the word rehab or...

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Welcome to Joint Replacement Therapists

share this article Did you know that there are over 1 million joint replacement surgeries performed per year in the United States, and this number is only expected to grow? Did you know that there are a number of studies that demonstrate the positive benefits of...

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