Have you or someone you loved experienced an arthroplasty? Also known as a joint replacement, such as a knee or hip, these surgeries are becoming more and more common. As an innovative chiropractor’s office in Fishers, Indiana, we want to provide the necessary information to both prevent these surgeries and in the event that it is unavoidable, how to recover as quickly as possible. Our knees and hips are pivotal in staying active, but when pain occurs, it can be anything but enjoyable working out and even makes simple movements such as climbing stairs difficult. Dr. Todd McDougle wants to change this.
Tips to Preventing Joint Replacement Surgery
- Losing weight may be the most beneficial method of preventing joint replacements. A pound or two here and there might not sound like much, but each pound is like four pounds across your knees. By losing enough weight, it can postpone and even completely prevent joint surgeries.
- Avoiding injuries and still maintaining an active life can be challenging, but being aware of correct form while exercising is a start. Many joint replacements are due to osteoarthritis. Accidents such as tearing your ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, can increase the chances of developing osteoarthritis. To avoid injuries like this, properly warm up your body by stretching before working out and continue to exercise on a regular basis.
- Work with a personal trainer. While there will be an additional cost, the guidance and learning opportunities gained during a personal training session can be incredibly valuable. A trainer will be able to show you proper form during appropriate exercises. This can help prevent issues as well as focus on strength training that will benefit recovering from surgeries.
- Visit a chiropractor for regular adjustments. A doctor of chiropractic will be able to pinpoint problem areas and give you advice on how to make beneficial changes in your diet, exercise program, posture, and more.
Tips For Knee Replacement Recovery
- Focus on extension and flexion. Working with a physical therapist or at home, bend and straighten your leg as much as you can without putting strain on your leg.
- Avoid additional stress that could cause a re-injury. Pay attention to how you are moving as well. When turning around, sitting, bending, or kneeling, be sure to make your whole body so as not to twist your knee.
- Use the hot and cold method. Using ice can reduce inflammation and pain which will help the first couple of days after the surgery. Use heat after the swelling has gone down to help relax and ease stiffness in the muscles.
- Walk and light exercise. This will help to strengthen your body and increase blood flow. Consider more than just walking around the house. Try slow walks outside, swimming, or riding a stationary bike. Consult with a chiropractor or a physical therapist who can guide you in the right direction.
At IN Chiropractic & Wellness, we offer post-surgical chiropractic care applications that can help you recover from joint replacement surgery. Within the first three months after a surgery is when most therapy takes place. Give our chiropractor a call today to schedule an appointment.