Physiotherapy After a Total Knee Replacement TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENT

Physiotherapy After a Total Knee Replacement 

An effective and optimal physiotherapy program is paramount in your post operative recovery from a Total Knee Replacement. Particularly, the 12-weeks following surgery are hugely important for your rehabilitation and recovery – which begins the day after your operation. Most likely, you have already been visited by your physiotherapist in hospital to commence your walking with crutches, bed and chair exercises. Upon your discharge, the continuation and progression of these exercises are essential to ensure you can return to a fit and healthy lifestyle. 

Move Physiotherapy is a highly trusted and reputable clinic both with multiple Orthopaedic Surgeons and in the wider Booragoon and Fremantle areas. We do not take shortcuts with your rehabilitation and will ensure you get the most from your Total Knee Replacement. 

However, also important to remember is that every knee and person is different and the rate at which your knee recovers will be different from your friends and colleagues. Also important is that increases in physical activity are gradual; with significant increases in pain and swelling collectively being measures of whether you have done “too much.” 

Physiotherapy For Osteoarthritis 

Key facts surrounding Knee Osteoarthritis:

  • 30-53% of people will have X-Ray defined Osteoarthritic Changes in their knees after the age of 45 (Cicuttini 1996). This incidence is higher in women than men.
  • However, only 15-23% of those diagnosed with Radiologically Knee OA will experience pain in their knees. This means that your diganosed Osteoarthritis in your knee joint may NOT be the reason for your pain.
  • However, even it if it is… Participation in a physiotherapist supervised exercise program for Knee Osteoarthritis 2x weekly for 6 weeks will achieve, on average – a 36% reduction in pain, reduced reliance on medications and reduced perceived need for surgery. This has been proven on tens of thousands of participants world wide. 

Even if you have elected for Knee Replacement/Partial Replacement, you CAN get started on your Knee Rehabilitation preoperatively. This is generally recommended to ensure people:

  • Are aware of their post-operative exercises.
  • Can develop strength prior to the operation ensuring a faster recovery. 


Move Physiotherapy offer both home and clinic-based appointments. We ensure that our clinics are the best equipped physiotherapy clinics for post operative recovery. Our studios are equipped with dumbbells, kettlebells, squat racks, Clinical Pilates and more. We can also prescribe home exercises that are challenging yet achievable prior to your operation. 


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General Physiotherapy

General physiotherapy for chronic and acute conditions.


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Dry Needling

Acupuncture needles applied directly to muscular trigger points to reduce muscle tone and improve blood flow.


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Exercise Rehabilitation

Individually tailored and supervised exercises utilising our fully equipped gym, to help you get moving again after injury or surgery.


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Sports Physiotherapy

Our physiotherapists have experience in a range of sports including Australian Rules Football, Gridiron, Netball and Basketball.


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Massage Therapy

Utilising a range of techniques to improve circulation, blood flow, reduce muscle tension and improve joint mobility.


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