A total knee joint replacement consists of replacement of the surfaces of the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) with metal or plastic components. A spacer is placed between these pieces to allow for smooth gliding. In some cases, the surgeon will place a plastic button on the underside of the patella (knee cap) so it will glide smoothly as well.
Physical therapy following a total knee replacement is crucial to your recovery and return to normal activities. Your physical therapist at Specialized Physical Therapy will create an effective program tailored to keeping you safe and meeting your goals.