By Dr. Frank Scerbo, PT, DPT, MS, CSCS
It seems hard to believe we are already in the middle of July! We hope you’re enjoying the chance to get outdoors and enjoy warm-weather recreational and sports opportunities. Higher levels of physical activity, however, bring a higher risk of injury. While we hope that nothing happens to get in the way of your summer fun, the doctors and physical therapists at Scerbo Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation are here to help you recover well if an injury does occur.
I want to talk to you today about successful rehabilitation after arthroscopic surgery. At our state-of-the-art facility, conveniently located in the Edgewater, NJ, we specialize in personalized pre and post-operative rehabilitation. We are a proud member of the Hospital For Special Surgery’s Rehabilitation Network, and we often receive referrals from orthopedic surgeons who trust their patients to us for our proven high standards of rehabilitation care.
What is Arthroscopy?
Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure commonly used in the evaluation of knees and shoulders. It can also be used to examine and treat conditions of the hips, wrist, ankles, feet, spine, and elbows.
Replacement arthroplasty, or joint replacement surgery, can reduce pain in an injured or deteriorated joint and help you move and feel better. Hips and knees are replaced most often. Other joints that can be replaced include shoulders, ankles, and elbows.
Common knee joint injuries for which arthroscopy is considered include cartilage tears (meniscus tears), ligament strains and tears, and cartilage deterioration underneath the kneecap (patella).
What Happens During Arthroscopic Surgery?
Your doctor will insert the arthroscope through a small cut (incision) the size of a buttonhole, using the camera to see inside the joint and project an image of the joint onto a screen. Surgical tools are inserted through small incisions called portals. Because the arthroscope and surgical instruments are thin, your surgeon can use very small incisions. This results in less pain for patients, less joint stiffness, and often a shorter recovery time than with open surgery.
Physical Therapy after Knee Arthroscopy
At Scerbo Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation, we specialize in post-arthroscopy rehabilitation.
After your knee arthroscopy surgery, our rehabilitation team at Scerbo Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation will determine an individually prescribed physical therapy program. Therapeutic exercise will play an essential role in restoring your knee’s full strength and range of motion.
Athletes and non-athletes alike are understandably anxious to get back to favorite sports and normal activities, and we are committed to helping each patient achieve full recovery as quickly as possible. But it’s important to understand that your individual healing process cannot be rushed. If you stop physical therapy too soon or don’t stick to a medically prescribed program, you can actually interfere with the healing process and prolong your recovery.
At Scerbo Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation, we have the medical knowledge to guide and support your therapeutic post-op exercise program. Our experienced team of doctors and certified physical therapists employs the latest technology and evidence-based research to help get you back to the activities you enjoy.
We are here to help. To make an appointment call us at 201-941-2240 or visit us at our office in Edgewater, NJ.
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