After knee replacement surgery
Your physician may recommend knee replacement surgery if you have a stiff, painful knee that makes it difficult to perform even the simplest of activities. It is usually a step taken after other treatments are no longer working. People over the age of 50 with severe osteoarthritis are the usual candidates for this type of surgery.
There are several options post-surgery that will help in your rehabilitation and recovery. Remember that your health care team will always be the best resource to help decide your course of action, since they are able to evaluate your individual situation.
Continuous passive motion (CPM) devices are used after a surgical procedure such as a knee replacement or, in some cases, an ACL repair. The CPM is designed to control pain, reduce inflammation, and protect the healing repair or tissue. The device is attached to your leg while you are in bed, and provides passive motion in a specific plane of movement to strengthen your repaired joint. The CPM constantly moves your joint in a controlled range of motion usually increasing the range of motion over time.
Post-operative braces are used in traumatic situations (accidents) as well as post-operatively in order to immobilise and stabilise your knee, either at a set position or allowing limited knee joint motion. Using a post-operative brace allows gradual buildup of movement when your therapist sets flexion and extension limits at various degrees.
Arthritis knee brace
A knee brace designed to treat osteoarthritis utilises a rigid frame and hinging to help stabilize your knee and ultimately provide relief. While it can delay more aggressive treatment, it is also very useful as a post-operative therapeutic brace following knee replacement surgery.