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Pre-surgery Physical Therapy Increases successful outcome.

Posted by Kale Isaacson on Mar 9, 2012 10:53:00 AM

I had bilateral knee replacement surgery last year and Kale Isaacson,PT suggested that

I do pre-surgery physical therapy as I would not have use of both knees for a month or

more. He set me up with another physical therapist, Karen Browning, who worked with

me for 2 months to get me in shape for the surgery. Karen is a specialist in postoperative

orthopedic joint replacement PT, so I felt like I was in capable hands. At first I

didn’t understand why she was having me do some of the exercises, especially

exercises to improve balance.

I found out how important those exercises were the day after my surgery and I actually

had to get out of bed with 2 new knees! Just getting out of bed required strength and

balance in almost every area of my body. I was able to get up much faster and progress

to the point that I was able to be released to my home a week ahead of schedule. I was

also able to bypass Home Health PT. My physical therapy continued with Karen, and I

progressed exponentially. I really believe that Kale, Karen, and the people at Southwest

Orthopaedic Physical Therapy were the reason I have been so successful with my rehab

and the pre-surgery physical therapy, I will be forever grateful to the people at SWOPT

for my continued orthopedic health.

If you are going in for major knee or lower limb surgery, I would strongly suggest that

you contact Kale Isaacson or Karen Browning, or Leslie Boone at Southwest

Orthopaedic Physical Therapy. or

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