Tips To Prepare For Physical Therapy For Your Knee

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If your knee has been injured due to an accident, or if you are attempting to avoid knee replacement surgery, you might have an appointment with a physical therapist. Physical therapy can be helpful in relieving some of your discomfort and regaining use of your knee, depending on your particular situation, but you'll want to be properly prepared to make the most out of your appointment. These are a couple of things that you'll want to keep in mind when seeing a physical therapist for treatment for your knee.

Wear the Right Clothing

First of all, you will want to make sure that your knee is easily accessible during your physical therapy treatment. This means that when you prepare for your appointment, you will want to wear clothing that will allow you to easily expose your knee to your physical therapist. If the weather permits, you may want to wear shorts; then, you won't have any issue with exposing your knee for treatment at your appointment. If it's a bit too chilly for shorts or if you prefer not to wear them, you will want to wear loose pants that can be easily rolled up above the knee. If you are thinking about wearing a dress or skirt, you may want to reconsider doing so for modesty reasons. Your physical therapist will probably have you moving your knee -- and therefore your leg -- in various positions, so you may feel uncomfortable in a dress or skirt.

Bring Your Knee Brace

One thing that you might be looking forward to about your physical therapy appointment is getting past your pain and regaining use of your knee. However, you should know that physical therapy can take some time, so you shouldn't expect immediate results. If your doctor has prescribed you a knee brace, you'll want to wear it to your appointment or bring it along with you. You may need additional support during your appointment, and you may need to wear your knee brace after your physical therapy appointment has ended. Ensuring that your knee is properly supported is important for comfort and proper healing, even when -- and sometimes particularly when -- you are going through physical therapy.

If you are currently seeking physical therapy for your knee, you'll want to make the most out of your appointment. Along with finding the best local physical therapist that you can find, you'll want to remember these couple of tips for best results. To learn more, speak with someone like Eagle Center Physical Therapy.


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