After your knee ligament surgery, you may feel ready to jump into your recovery and return to your daily activities or sport as soon as possible, but you will have some limitations while you recover. It is important to plan ahead to avoid some recovery obstacles and build your knee strength over time. You will be able to return to your normal active lifestyle before you know it!
You can go to the ORTHOKnox orthopedic clinics in Knoxville, Tennessee, or Athens, Tennessee, for knee ligament surgery. We will be with you every step of the way during your knee ligament surgery recovery. We discuss the top limitations to prepare for during your recovery below!
What limitations will I have after knee ligament surgery, and how can I avoid or overcome them?
Your recovery after surgery will last about 4–10 months. During this the initial 1-2 months, you will be limited in your mobility. You can take some steps to reduce your limitations, but it will ultimately take time before you can return to your active lifestyle. Working toward your personal goals during recovery will help keep it in perspective.
You may be limited in your ability to perform daily tasks right after surgery
You can help reduce any limitations by preparing your home beforehand. You can eliminate tripping hazards, do meal prep, and complete (or postpone until after recovery) house projects. Do not hesitate to call in help from family or friends, especially right after your surgery.
You may need assistive devices after surgery
You will need crutches in most cases and infrequently require a walker for about 4 weeks after your surgery. Your physical therapist at ORTHOKnox can help you learn how to use a crutches or a walker before surgery so you are comfortable with them before you need them. You will be walking independently before you know it!
Challenging yourself after knee surgery can help speed your recovery, but you do not want to push yourself too hard and risk pain or injury. Your physical therapist may show you how to do straight leg raises, quad sets, heel slides, standing on one leg, and squats. The intensity and frequency of these exercises should increase over time as you recover. Make sure to do your home exercise program to maximize your recovery time.
These exercises will help restore your prior level of function and stability, strengthen the muscles around your knee, increase your range of motion, and decrease your risk of future injury. You will be able to transition from low- to high-impact activities during the course of your recovery.
Where do I go for knee ligament surgery?
With its on-site physical therapists, board-certified surgeon, and Orthopedic Urgent Care that is available without an appointment, ORTHOKnox has got you covered for your knee ligament surgery and recovery. For more information about how ORTHOKnox can perform your knee surgery, call (865) 251-3030, or fill out our easy-to-use online appointment request form. We look forward to hearing from you!