A knee injury can keep you from participating in many daily activities and even prevent you from walking. Fortunately, there are many treatment methods that can relieve your pain and get you feeling back to normal as soon as possible.
The recovery period after knee injury treatment depends on the type of knee injury you’re dealing with as well as what type of treatment you undergo. To learn more about dealing with a knee injury and how long the recovery period will be, keep reading.
There are a lot of different knee injuries that could be causing your pain. In order to find the right treatment method for you, you’ll need to have your doctor diagnose your injury.
When visiting your doctor, you’ll need to explain the symptoms that you’re experiencing and share your medical history. Your physician will thoroughly examine your knee and ask you about your pain level, flexibility and function and general mobility. You’ll undergo x-rays as well as any other special tests your physician deems necessary in determining the cause of your pain.
If your knee injury isn’t very severe, you’ll probably be treated with one of the following treatment methods.
Manual Therapy: During manual therapy, the physician will apply force to the knee to change or improve the quality and range of motion of the joints using various different techniques.
- Manipulation of the knee joint: This manual therapy is defined as fast with minimal force and high speed of movement of a joint.
- Mobilization of the knee joint: This is a manual technique that involves repeated passive motion at low speed.
Soft Tissue Therapy: Soft tissue therapy involves techniques such as massaging the injury to increase flexibility and mobility of the tissue as well as reducing swelling or inflammation.
Stretching Exercises: Stretches are performed to increase mobility, improve stability and support of the knee.
Supportive therapies: These therapies include muscle stimulation, ultrasound and cold laser therapy.
Joint Injections: These injections treat many different kinds of joint pain and conditions that cause sore joints such as the knees, shoulders, elbows, wrists, sacroiliac and hip joints. The type of injection will depend on your condition and your therapy goals. Learn more about the different types of injections:
- Supartz Knee Injections: This joint fluid therapy is used for the treatment of osteoarthritis in the knee of patients who haven’t responded well to non-pharmacologic therapy and simple analgesics. This clear liquid is similar to the body’s synovial fluid and is injected into the knee joint.
- Sarapin Injections: Sarapin is a biological medicine derived from the pitcher plant. It blocks pain signals in the nerves, but doesn’t affect any other nerve functions. Also, sarapin has no known side effects and is used as treatment for sciatic pain, intercostal neuralgia, alcoholic neuritis and many more ailments.
These treatment methods typically involve several sessions or continued treatment over a few weeks or months. There isn’t an extended recovery time afterwards. You might be a little sore around the area after your session, but it should subside within a day or two.
Some patients who are dealing with severe pain from arthritis may benefit from surgery. Learn more about these surgeries and how they can help you.
Partial Knee Replacement
Partial knee replacement is typically considered for treatment of severe arthritis of the knee. This procedure is less invasive than a total knee replacement, and involves removing the damaged areas of cartilage and leaving the healthy areas. Then a partial implant is placed, typically, in between the end of the thigh bone and the top of the shin bone.
Total Knee Replacement
A total knee replacement involves removing the entire knee and replacing it with an implant consisted of three components. The tibial part that sits on top of the shin bone, the femoral part that is on the end of the thigh bone and the spacer is placed between the two.
Recovering from a total knee replacement will take about twelve weeks of recovery and rehabilitation. Every patient is different so it’s important to understand that this recovery period varies.
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