Zimmer Knee Replacement Lawsuit

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Zimmer Knee Replacement Lawsuit North Carolina

Zimmer® Inc. has initiated a voluntary recall of Persona Trabecular Metal Tibial Plate/Persona TM Tibia.  If you or a loved one received a Zimmer Persona® Knee Replacement and are suffering certain side effects you may deserve compensation for your pain, suffering and medical expenses.  Call us today Toll Free 1-866-777-2557 for a free case review or simply fill out our contact form below and a lawyer will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your possible claim.  You must act quickly before any time limits expire.  Zimmer Knee Lawyer NC

Is Physical Therapy Necessary after Knee Replacement Surgery?

Physical therapy is an important part of the recovery process following knee replacement surgery and in most cases, patients will participate in mild physical therapy prior to their discharge from the hospital. In order for knee replacement procedures to be effective, patients must participate fully in their recovery. As a matter of fact, surgery might not even be considered if a patient is unable or unwilling to comply with physical therapy demands in the days and weeks following the operation.

In most cases, patients begin physical therapy sessions about 48 hours after surgery. It is likely some pain or discomfort will be experienced during physical therapy sessions. This is one of the main reasons patients are reluctant to participate in their recovery – exercises hurt and require them to push their bodies beyond the pain at a time when they would rather rest. An experienced physical therapist will know what amount of discomfort is appropriate, even if a patient protests far sooner than necessary. Likewise, good physical therapists know when to tell over-eager patients to go easy during their recovery.

What Do Physical Therapy Sessions Involve?

During physical therapy sessions, the affected knee is protected by knee immobilizers that keep the joint stable. These immobilizer devices might also be worn while sleeping. Physical therapy sessions typically include walking with crutches and/or a walker on flat surfaces and eventually stairs. Physical therapists also work with patients using a variety of stretching, strengthening, and range of motion exercises. Improving muscle strength around the knee joint helps with stability and reduces recovery time.

Sometimes patients use a device called a continuous passive motion machine during their recovery. This machine is attached to the leg and keeps the knee in constant motion. The movement improves circulation, speeds healing, prevents stiffness, and reduces the likelihood of scarring, all without the patient actively participating in the movements.

Outpatient Exercises

Patients not only attend physical therapy sessions at the hospital or physical therapy office, they are also given exercises to perform at home on their own time. It is important patients follow through with these at-home sessions because they are all part of increasing strength and stability. Walking as much as recommend helps with circulation and stimulates healing. Despite the desire to rest and relax following surgery, it is essential patients follow their doctor and physical therapist’s guidelines, not only to heal faster but also to improve the likelihood their knee replacement surgery will be a success.