Now that we’re getting towards the end of summer, many people will be getting ready to have knee surgery.
There are 2 reasons we see more people having knee surgery this time of year: first, people tend to be more active during the spring and summer months. And unfortunately, this leads to more knee injuries, like MCL and meniscus tears.
Second, it’s a nice time to have surgery for those who’ve been putting it off for a while, especially those people having a total knee replacement (TKR). The reason I consider it a nice time for TKR surgery is because it’s easy to get outside to start walking again, and you don’t have to deal with icy sidewalks and steps.
Today’s post is all about 3 things you can do to speed up your recovery after surgery, as well as a description of the most common types of knee surgeries.
In previous blog posts and videos, I’ve talked a lot about how to prepare for Total Knee Replacement (TKR) surgery (aka Total Knee Arthroplasty or TKA).
This includes information on improving your knee strength and flexibility prior to surgery to improve the chances of a successful outcome, as well as exercises and tips that will help you immediately after surgery.
But what about those people who’ve had surgery, did their rehab, and are still struggling with pain and tightness in their knees?
If you ask 10 physical therapists or chiropractors about taping, you’ll probably get 10 different opinions about it…
Some would tell you that taping is great, others might say it’s okay in certain situations, and a few might even tell you they don’t like it…
So which is it?
Is taping actually helping you with your recovery, or is it just a “crutch”?
As you can probably guess, I certainly have my own opinion on the topic (hence the blog post and video!).
And as you can imagine, I tend to think my opinions are correct (it’s human nature, right?!).
Here’s my opinion in a nutshell:
Repetitive injuries can be some of the most tricky types of pain to deal with.
This includes things like: tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis), rotator cuff injuries, ITB irritation and Achilles tendon issues.
Typically, these injuries happen slowly over time, as the amount of irritation and damage slowly outweighs the amount of overall healing.
You can think of these 2 opposing forces as 2 sides of the scale: irritation and damage vs. healing.
At some point, people with these injuries reach a certain threshold, and the pain becomes much more severe and/or frequent. This is when they typically start to seek treatment.
In today’s video, I’ll explain in detail how we help our patients “tip the scales” back in the other direction, and I’ll also tell you about the common mistakes our patients make when looking to fully eliminate the pain and damage.
The IT Band (aka ITB) runs along the outside of your thigh, starting up near your pelvis and then winding up along the outside of your kneecap.
Irritation of the ITB, often called ITB Syndrome, is most common in runners and cyclists, although it can occur in just about anybody.
This is primarily due to it’s anatomy: as the knee bends and straightens, the ITB rubs back and forth over a small bone.
Overall, ITB pain is fairly easy to diagnose, since you can push along the tissue and determine if there’s any tenderness or pain. However, what’s more difficult is figuring out the true, underlying cause of pain.
Once you find the ROOT CAUSE of the pain and irritation, you can then proceed to treating it.
In today’s video, I’ll give you more information on how to tell if you have ITB pain, how to figure out the root cause, and ultimately how to eliminate the pain (so you can get on with life!).
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