Over 600,000 knee replacements or knee surgeries are performed in the United States every year. The importance of what you do before surgery and what you do after surgery can really help the outcome of the overall procedure. By 2030 it is estimated that this surgery will increase by 3 million people.
One of the most common causes of chronic knee pain is Arthritis. If a person is suffering with knee pain that limits them from everyday activities or is inflamed and swollen this could require having a knee replacement surgery. If the pain or swelling does that improve with physical therapy or medication a doctor could recommend having this procedure. Having a knee replacement surgery can cost anywhere from $10,000-$30,000.
Building strength in your muscles and knee before surgery can improve the outcome of your procedure. According to scientists at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, exercise will help stimulate the tissue growth and increase blood supply. Prepping those stem cells and blood flow with help in recovery time. Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical center and Havard found that patients who exercised with strength, flexibility, and aerobic exercises six weeks before surgery reduced the chances of needing inpatient rehab by over 25%. They also showed an increase of strength in their muscles by up to 20%.
If you or someone you know is having a knee replacement surgery exercising weeks before could help the outcome of the procedure. Make sure to consult your doctor before exercising and see if this is a possibility.