Knee arthroscopy is not a small undertaking and it really highlights how important your rehabilitation is to get you back to function.
Function is about doing what you need to do as part of your day to day activities. In my opinion, our lives do involve bending and squatting to various degrees. It does involve reaching and twisting and it does involve coordination and us being able to control our balance and movement onto one leg. This also involves various combinations of all of these movements. We want to walk, pick things up off the floor, we sit, we twist and reach to get things off shelves. To most, this is just life.
The aim of Functional Rehabilitation is to get people getting back to what they are capable of and so all of my exercises are as close to ‘real’ function as possible. None of my exercises are with me on the floor bending my knee or on my side lifting my leg up and down! I want to load my body and replicate normal movements with much more efficiency, in a way that my body recognises and remembers.
My life certainly involves all of the above and so much more. For completeness, my rehabilitation will involve many of these movements and my knee exercises are just integrated into these.
13 days post surgery
Sleeping is better and I can find more ways to lie on my side without discomfort. I am still a little stiff in the morning.
The last couple of days have produced a good shift. I am walking better with improved control. I am able to do slower ‘high knee’ walking. My exercises have started to include reaches with a small knee bend. Caution is still high on my radar as I can still feel a ‘bite’ if I bend my knee too far with load. I am yet to use a forward step in my exercises, but I really feel that this will be soon. I am now also able to do exercises with my right leg forward too. This was previously painful.
I am doing more frontal and transverse plane loading. These include small lateral and rotational reaching with the aim of working the muscles of my butt, but also the ones in my thigh. These all involve ankle movement, so I am encouraging good foot biomechanics. Going forwards, I will be using some correctly placed foot wedges to use with some of my exercises to integrate better ‘ground reaction’ and ‘push off’.
As Osteopaths at Back to Back, we recognise that it is crucial for post surgical rehabilitation to be UNIQUE to THE INDIVIDUAL. It really is not good enough to be given a sheet of exercises that are not tailored to the individual and being asked to ‘get on with them’. The progression of exercises is also unique to the patient and given under the advice of a good health practitioner.
The above is all the opinion of Back to Back. If you are concerned in anyway about your rehab, come in and see one of our highly trained team.