Role of Physiotherapy in Knee Arthroscopy

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The knee joint is one of the strongest joints in the human body. As our whole body weight is dependent on them, it is one of the most stressed joints. No wonder knee pain and other knee related conditions are a common problem, regardless of the age. When your doctor suggests you professional physiotherapy after your knee surgery/operation/arthroscopy, 'don't brush off his advice. Physiotherapy aids the rehabilitation process from knee arthroscopy. It contributes to improving our knee's range of motion, its strength, and overall function.

'Let's understand what knee arthroscopy is and what role physiotherapy plays after arthroscopy:

What is Knee Arthroscopy?

Knee Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure used to treat problems in the knee joint. In this procedure, a small incision is made near the knee, through which an arthroscope is inserted inside. The camera fitted at one of the ends of arthroscope helps to diagnose the problem. Several conditions like a torn meniscus, misaligned patella, etc. can be treated through arthroscopy.


What is the Recovery after Knee Arthroscopy?

Though the surgery 'isn't very complicated, the invasive nature of the surgery warrants dedicated physical rehabilitation.

Besides the ice pack and dressing, physiotherapy is advised to help your knee recover. Physiotherapy from a professional physiotherapist is extremely important to restore the knee to its functionality.

Let's understand the role of physiotherapy and physiotherapist:

1.   A physiotherapist brings with himself crutches wherein the patient is taught how to walk safely with them. This is done to avoid excess pressure and weight on the operated leg. Excess pressure may increase the pain and lead to swelling.

2.  After the surgery, the knee may appear weaker; therefore, the exercise programme is curated to strengthen the muscles around the knee. It is advisable to indulge in exercise as soon as possible to avoid further complications.

3.  Full range flexing exercises are suggested to improve the range of motion of the knee.

4.  After two or three weeks, the exercise regime is changed into calf stretch, hamstring curls, lunges, steps, etc. to further strengthen muscles and restore functionality.


These strengthening exercises are aimed at building up your endurance.  However, the training must be under the consultation of the doctor and physiotherapist. Not only does the physiotherapist assists on the exercise, but they also analyse the progress to introduce changes in the regime accordingly. They play the role of a personal trainer, counselor, etc. in this recovery process.

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If you are suffering from any knee ailment or sports injury, then you must head to our Department of Arthroscopy and Department of Orthopedics. Led by the best orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Rahul Garg our department is well equipped to diagnose and treat complex knee joint related issues with ease. Head to Medipulse now and let us take care of all your worries!