The Knee Pulley: Exercises and Benefits
Every injury is different, and every injury comes with its own unique set of protocols and exercises for recovery. Even for two people with similar injuries, the rehabilitation process may not be the same. Fortunately, physical therapists are experts at adapting to each patients’ individual circumstances. They have a wide array of tools at their disposal to help get the job done, from treadmills to resistance bands to shoulder pulleys. When it comes to knee replacement surgery, however, there are some critical exercises that every patient must perform for a full, functional recovery. And to help with those exercises, we now have the Home Ranger Knee Pulley from PrePak Products.
Two Crucial Exercises for Post-Op Knee Replacement Surgery Patients
Osteoarthritis of the knee is a painful and sometimes debilitating condition. While surgery is generally regarded as a last resort when all else fails, there may come a time when total or partial knee replacement becomes your best option. Fortunately, success rates for knee replacement are high, with most patients resuming pain-free daily activities.
The key, though, is to maintain range-of-motion or ROM.
The days and weeks following surgery have been described as “a race against scar tissue.” If scar tissue forms, the knee might not be able to bend through its full ROM. It won’t extend fully or bend back without pain.
Two exercises performed early and often can prevent this build-up of scar tissue. These are flexion and extension. Simply put, flexion is bending your leg, and extension is straightening it. These exercises can be uncomfortable, but your physical therapist will insist.
The Home Ranger Knee Pulley Makes Flexion and Extension Exercises Easy
Flexion and extension exercises can be performed without physical aids or assistance, but pain can limit your ability to reach your full range-of-motion. The Home Ranger Knee Pulley, though, gives you that little bit of extra assistance you need to help you fully comply with your exercise plan.
Similar to a shoulder pulley, the Home Ranger Knee Pulley is a simple rope-and-pulley device that lets you use your own hands for an easy, full expression of flexion and extension in the comfort of your own home.
And There’s More to the Home Ranger Knee Pulley Than Range-of-Motion
Due to the innovative design of the Home Ranger Knee Pulley’s foot hammock, there’s one more bonus capability that goes beyond range-of-motion exercises:
The knee pulley also provides pain relief.
Physical therapists use a technique known as distraction to lessen joint pressure. Gentle separation of the articulating surfaces in the knee eases the pain associated with arthritis and knee replacement surgery, making range-of-motion exercises easier to perform.
With the Home Ranger Knee Pulley, this distraction technique can be self-administered, providing temporary pain relief without having to visit your PT.
Resuming Activities After Knee Replacement
Total and Partial Knee Replacement surgeries offer a high rate of success. With proper rehab, patients can resume normal daily life without pain, although high impact activities such as running or jumping are advised against. The key to success is to get that range-of-motion exercise in early and often, as advised by your doctor or physical therapist.
Strengthening exercises may also be recommended, although these are a secondary priority after extension and flexion. Your strength will return in time as long as you maintain your range-of-motion and are once again able to enjoy an active lifestyle.