After many of the surgeries we perform as orthopedic surgeons, especially when we operate on athletes and active people, we have the patient work with a physical therapist. In this Ask Dr. Geier video, I answer the question of a reader who wonders if working with a physical therapist is always necessary.
Is it possible to rehabilitate your knee after surgery without a physical therapist?
After a knee surgery, you must get your swelling down and regain your normal knee range of motion and leg strength. For some surgeries, like a partial meniscectomy, you might be able to achieve these goals on your own doing exercises at home every day. For other surgeries, like ACL reconstructions, it is much more difficult to achieve these goals on your own.
In this video, I explain when physical therapy is needed and when working with a physical therapist can help you return to what you do as quickly and safely as possible.
Have you had knee surgery, and did you try to get back to normal without physical therapy? How did it go?
Please remember, while I appreciate your questions, I cannot and will not offer specific medical advice by email, online, on my show, or in the comments at the end of these posts. My responses are meant to provide general medical information and education. Please consult your physician or health care provider for your specific medical concerns.