Your surgery is over and you're ready to get back to the usual routine. As you doctor may have already told you, however, you can't return to full activity just yet. While the post-surgery recovery period will be different for every patient, these tips will ensure a safe return to full activity in no time.
PREP YOUR HOME
Stretches and exercises will likely be given to you by your physical therapist or occupational therapist-you can stay flexible by sticking closely to that routine.
You should also maintain mobility in your hips, ankles, pelvis and lumbar spine. Everything in your body is connected, and these are critical joint and muscle areas that, when flexible, help to improve and speed recovery.
To maintain mobility in these areas, try ankle pumps and circles, leg slides and straight leg raises while laying down. Check with your physical therapist to ensure these exercises are okay for you to perform.
WATCH FOR SIGNS OF INFECTION OR BLOOD CLOTS
These two issues can significantly increase your recovery time if caught too late. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons suggests watching for the following signs of clotting or infection post knee surgery.
While recovery will be slightly different for every knee surgery patient, it's important that everyone watches for signs of infection or blood clotting, stays flexible throughout the recovery period, and keeps their home a safe haven for a quick recovery.
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